Book #7: Wonder

Book #7: Wonder

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Wonder Cover"If I found a magic lamp and I could have one wish, I would wish that I had a normal face that no one ever noticed at all."


Have you ever felt like you don't fit in? Maybe the way you look, or how you talk, or your favorite thing to do, is different from everybody else. Maybe you get teased, laughed at, or even bullied, and you wish you could just blend in for once.

Meet Auggie. 

Auggie (August) Pullman is ten years old, and he likes ordinary things . . . ice cream, sports, Xbox. But Auggie feels anything but ordinary the moment he steps outside. When people see his face, they look away.  Or worse, they scream. Or worse yet, they run away.

Auggie was born with a facial deformity that has kept him from doing a lot of ordinary things. But this year is different. He's entering the fifth grade, and for the first time ever, he's going to attend a regular, mainstream school. Maybe this year will be different, he hopes. Maybe this year, he'll finally belong.

This year will be different for Auggie, but not in any way he's ever imagined. 

Serious Readers, get your copy of Wonder  by R. J. Palacio today and join me on a journey of courage, hope, and friendship.

A journey of wonder .

Images and excerpts from Wonder by Author R. J. Palacio, Random House Children's Books

"Be a little kinder than necessary"

Excerpt from Wonder by R. J. Palacio, quoting J. M. Barrie

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"Because it's not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed. Why I love that line, that concept, is that it reminds me that we carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind, but the very choice of kindness." From Mr. Tushman's Middle School Address

This month, we Serious Readers explore what it means to be kind, and who we are as human beings. Our Discussion Guide includes the unique activities below, plus lots of fun discussion questions and journal ideas!

Download it here!

  • "Faces" — Nobody's perfect. Even a "good person" can make a bad choice and be unkind once in a while. In this activity, you'll add smiles or frowns to character faces depending on choices they make in the story.

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  • "Precepts" — Auggie's English teacher, Mr. Browne, preaches "Know Thyself." Every month he assigns precepts ("rules about really important things") so students can learn who they are. Keep track of the precepts Mr. Browne gives to Auggie's class and write about what they mean to you.

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  • Write Your Own Precept! — Mr. Browne asks his students to come up with their very own precept and mail it on a postcard over summer break. Now's your chance to write some of your own!

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Images and excerpts from Wonder by Author R. J. Palacio, Random House Children's Books

Wonder Quotation

In Mr. Tushman's eyes, the greatest measure of success isn't your grade point average or how many laps you can run by the end of the year—he believes, "It's what you've done with your time, how you've chosen to spend your days, and whom you have touched this year."

When you read Auggie's story, did you see how his courage and character affected the people around him? By the end of the story, did you notice how different some of the characters were, compared to how they acted when they first met Auggie?

You may not realize it, but you have this power, too! Choices you make and kindnesses you show (or don't show) influence people around you. When you strive to be a better person, people around you want to become better. 

Before you jump to our next book, think about how you can "carry up hearts" like Auggie. How can you touch the people around you and make the world a kinder, more loving place?

Images and excerpts from Wonder by Author R. J. Palacio, Random House Children's Books

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