Wonder
R J Palacio

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Narrated By: Diana Steele, Kate Rudd, Nick Podehl

Duration: 8 hours and 5 minutes

What to expect

Soon to be 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?

WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

Genre

Children's / Teenage fiction: School stories, Children's / Teenage personal and social topics: Families and family members, Children's / Teenage personal and social topics: Self-awareness and self-esteem, Children's / Teenage personal and social topics: Bullying and harassment

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Remarkable . . . It has the power to move hearts and change minds

Guardian

Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant

Observer

It wreaks emotional havoc . . . To finish it with a firm resolve to be a better person - well, you can't ask much more of any book than that

Independent

When the kids have finished with this, the adults will want to read it. Everybody should

Financial Times

Awesome . . . So authentic you'll swear a kid wrote the book. And yes, that's a good thing