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 & social topics: families & family issues, Children's / Teenage personal & social topics: self-awareness & self-esteem, Children's / Teenage personal & social topics: bullying & harassment

Listen to a sample

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

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

Glamour

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

Guardian

Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant

Observer

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