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Grade 4 – 6 Readers for English Home Language: Wonder

Wonder by R.J Palacio


by R.J Palacio


  • Recommended class reader for grades 4 – 6
  • English Home Language & First Additional Language
  • Pages: 310
  • ISBN: 9780552565974

Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page. Now a major film starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay..

‘My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.’

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things – eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside. But ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren’t stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

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Review of “Wonder” by “Ray Palacio”.

Wonder is a novel by R.J. Palacio that tells the story of August “Auggie” Pullman, a ten-year-old boy with a facial deformity who is about to start fifth grade at a new school. Auggie has always been homeschooled by his mother, but his parents decide that it is time for him to attend a regular school and experience the social interactions that come with it.

The novel follows Auggie as he navigates the challenges and joys of going to school for the first time, making new friends, and dealing with the stares and prejudices of his classmates. It also explores the perspectives of Auggie’s family and friends, including his parents, his sister Via, and his friends Summer and Justin, as they all try to come to terms with Auggie’s appearance and support him as he faces the difficulties of fitting in.
Throughout the novel, Palacio deftly portrays the complex emotions and experiences of Auggie and the other characters, tackling themes of acceptance, friendship, and resilience with warmth, humor, and depth. The novel is told from multiple viewpoints, allowing readers to gain insight into the thoughts and feelings of a diverse cast of characters.

Wonder is a beautifully written and deeply moving novel that will leave a lasting impression on readers of all ages. It is a must-read for anyone who has ever struggled to fit in, or who has faced adversity and had to find the strength to persevere.

In general, the book is suitable for readers of all ages, although it may be particularly appealing to young readers who are entering middle school or who are facing challenges of their own. The novel’s themes and characters are relatable and universal, and the story is told with warmth, humor, and depth.
That being said, the book does deal with some difficult and emotional topics, such as bullying, prejudice, and physical deformity, which may make it more suitable for older children or young adults who are able to handle and understand these themes. Ultimately, the appropriateness of the book for a particular reader will depend on their age, interests, and maturity level.