Young Adult

Wonder by R. J. Palacio


“Wonder” is a warm, funny book about a fifth grader with a severe craniofacial disorder. That’s a fancy way of saying he looks like a freak, an orc, a zombie, an alien, or any number of things mean kids call him. Auggie Pullman has heard them all. Yet over the course of his first year in school outside the home, he learns a lot about his own strength and courage—and those around him do as well. I read this book on the recommendation of a friend, and thought it would fulfill June’s YA theme. But it turned out to be in the J(uvenile) section. Nevertheless, it reached the NYT bestseller list as an adult hit and has more than half a million ratings on GoodReads. Perhaps Mr. Browne, the English teacher’s, first precept of the school year resonated with all readers alike: it is better to be kind than right.


2 thoughts on “Wonder by R. J. Palacio”

  1. I highly recommend this book to readers of ALL ages! It’s one of those books that will make you laugh one minute and cry the next. A touching story to remind us all of the beautiful power of kindness.


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