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Wonder- R.J. Palacio

Katie Black & Jeremy Berger

Katie Black

on 26 November 2013

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Transcript of Wonder- R.J. Palacio

"I forgot that I might see so many beautiful things I forgot that i might need to find what life could bring
You're gonna reach the sky
Fly...Beautiful child
Fate smiled and destiny laughed as she came to my cradle...
-Natalie Merchant,
They say I must be one of the wonders of god's own creation
-Natalie Merchant
R.J. Palacio
August Pullman
August Pullman is just a 5th grade boy wanting to be ordinary, but he is far from ordinary. He has a birth defect that is called Treacher-Collins syndrome.

August's main conflict is internal conflict. All he sees in himself is his defect. He tries to be like every other kid, but people make him feel different when they stare and run away.
The external conflict is between August and all of the kids that make fun of him. Specifically Julian, who never ends up becoming friends with August.
Mr. Browne's Precepts
"When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind."
"Have no friends not equal to yourself."
"Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much."
"What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful."
"Made a war on his face" - Olivia Pullman
"We're like beauty and the beast." -August Pullman
Character Analysis
Summer is the first person to be nice to August from the kindness of her heart. She shows August that not all people are mean. Summer sees August is struggling with being in a new school and seems more sensitive to his feelings.
Jack Starts off only being friends with August because he was instructed to be kind to him. Jack realizes he really enjoys being August's friend and they grow closer. August and Jack become best of friends.
Olivia Pullman, also known as Via, is August's sister. She has a certain relationship with August that is protective yet acts as though she is his best friend. When Via loves, she loves with all her heart. She is very mature for her age because she knows how much her parents adjust their lives according to August's defect and she really has grown on her own.
As a turn of evens, people begin to see August as a ordinary person. He wins an award for his kindness and courage at graduation. As people treat him normal, he forgets about his face and it's no longer the first thing he is worried about.
August's Precept
"Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the world." -August Pullman
During a school camping trip August and his friends face a group of 7th graders from a different school. His friends defend August when a fight begins between the two groups when they start saying rude things about August's face. The fight story gets around school and people see August isn't as scary as they thought.
R.J. Palacio
Author Analysis
Palacio has never known anyone like August, but she sees him as normal as every other kid. What motivated her to write this novel was her child's reaction to someone they saw in the park with this similar face deformity. She wanted to show the life of a person that gets those looks from people dozens of times a day. She chose Treacher-Collins mixed with an unknown syndrome to make him a medical wonder.
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