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Wonder Book Review by R.J. Palacio
A movie version of this book is coming out November 17, 2017. We are just so nerdy stinkin excited about this!
Have you read this? Have your kids? This book was just so, so, so good, we didn’t want it to end. We laughed and cried, and most of all learned so much about the power of kindness. This is a must-read, character building, wonderful read. You’ve got a few months, so hurry and read this one with your family, and then go see the movie as a family.
I’ve done a video book review or you can keep reading below to hear what my kids and I thought about Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
Wonder Book Review
A book about serious topic as a child born with severe health problems and the bullying that ensues, could be a serious, somber book. But Palacio gives weight to this important topic, while keeping it light, fun and realistic, so that kids in older elementary and middle school will be pulled into the book and feel a part of Auggie Pullman’s world.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio: Recommended Ages
The key audience for Wonder would be 3rd-7th grade. Kids as young as 3rd grade will understand and relate to the social circles, the relationships and friendships. The key audience probably goes to 7th or 8th grade, but the appeal of this book would extend to high schoolers and adults too.
The characters in Wonder are strong and well rounded. You empathize with Auggie, his friends, with his sister, and with his parents. Yet, you see how messy and imperfect friendship and life can be. There are no flat characters here. Palacio changes points of view every few chapters, giving the reader a chance to hear the voice and viewpoints of different characters in the story.
Auggie and Me: Three Wonder Stories
When you finish reading Wonder, you’ll want to go ahead and read Auggie and Me: Three Wonder Stories. Instead of a sequel, this is the background story of 3 characters from the original book. You’ll especially want to read the Julian chapter. It’s beautiful to hear his point of view, and his back story is just heart-throbbingly wonderful.
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