‘Wonder’ book review for Read DL 2015

Read DL logoWonder by R. J. Palacio has been selected for Read DL 2015. Read DL is a One Book, One Community initiative which is designed to bring local people together through reading and discussing the same book/author.

Are you reading Wonder?…let us know what you think…details below

Product Details

My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. 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?

Authors website: R.J. Palacio



6 thoughts on “‘Wonder’ book review for Read DL 2015

  1. Ciara Cunnane

    I got to finish ‘Wonder’ over the xmas holidays and I really enjoyed it…if you count crying over the pages numerous times enjoyable!! Recommend this book for class discussions/ school book groups especially over Anti bullying week in Nov.

  2. Rita Chapman

    I read ‘Wonder’ over the weekend. What a fabulous choice for the Read DL programme, I really enjoyed the book. It has great realistic characters, wonderful emotional intelligence. The power of kindness is a theme we should embrace daily.

  3. Paddy Hannigan

    A Brilliant book worth reading! Hopefully schools will take part in the various events connected with READ DL such as Frank Larkin available to talk to students about disability awareness and/or disability and hate crimes (more suitable for post primary students), the 500 word creative writing competitions for primary, post primary and adult sections and the great mask exhibition for Easter in the Courtyard Shopping Centre in Letterkenny.

    Keep reading and choose kindness over all else

  4. Marianne Lynch

    I’ve read ‘Wonder’ and also the ‘Julian’ chapter – bought separately – and am now in the process of reading the ‘Pluto’ chapter (only available via Kindle, I’m afraid!). ‘Wonder’ is a great book and I would recommend it for everyone, young and old alike. It gives different perspectives allowing for much discussion, is easy to read yet gives much pause for thought on occasions! The addition of the ‘Julian’ chapter is important, in my opinion, as it includes an important perspective. One passing criticism/thought is that these children are quite advanced for their ages – or am I just falling into the stereotypical urban versus rural (or American versus Irish perhaps) thoughts on children’s development? I also love the cover illustrations on all three editions – simple yet effective.

  5. Donegal ETB's Youthreach Programme

    During February and March, as part of the Read DL initiative across Co Donegal, learners (and staff!) across all Youthreach centres (Ballyshannon, Buncrana, Glengad, Gortahork, Letterkenny and Lifford) read Wonder. This fantastic book provided us with a great literacy resource, while also promoting the restorative ‘choose kind’ message. Thanks for the initiative!

  6. Lifford Youthreach (Patrice McGavigan)

    I am reading ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio. This book was chosen as part of READ DL 2015. This is a scheme where Donegal communities read the same book and discuss it together. I’m enjoying reading ‘Wonder’. It is about a little boy who was born with a facial disfigurement. His name is August and he is a ten year old boy. Up until he was ten years old he was home schooled but at ten he starts middle school. The story is told through the eyes of August, his sister and his friends. It makes you think about all the people August’s disfigurement affects. Everywhere that August and his family or friends go, people stare and it’s not nice for all involved. I’m glad that I started reading this book and can’t wait to finish it. I find it very interesting, sad in some places but happy in others. It’s made me think that I need to appreciate my life and health more.


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