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review 2016-09-10 16:10
Never judge a book by its cover...
Wonder - R.J. Palacio
I picked this up while browsing a charity shop's offerings and notwithstanding my son's obervation that he had noticed it in the teen section of a nearby bookshop, stuck with it. And I'm glad I did. A good story can afterall be compelling, irrespective of the 'target audience' and in August Pullman, Palacio developed a very unlikely, but wonderful hero.
The story is cleverly related from a number of different perspectives and engagingly ripples outward from August to family, classmates and wider community and the respective challenges faced by the protagonists. Indeed, the book confronts the discomfort experienced by individuals and in some cases the surrendering to ugly bigotry and crude discrimination. The central theme relates to the judging of books by their covers, but encourages the reader to look beyond the superficial. Moreover, any book that can draw a reader to empathise and contemplate what s/he might do in a given situation and provoke soul-searching is worth the effort.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Wonder', the language is straightforward and the message is simple. Doing the right thing is sometimes hard, yet as R.J Palacio describes, it can be uplifting. Want a lift - read this study in positive action!


Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1521145714
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review 2016-06-17 17:48
Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories
Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories - R.J. Palacio

This book isn’t a sequel to Wonder, but instead a companion. It takes three characters that featured in Wonder and gives us their perspectives on how Auggie affected their life. In essence this was three short stories that were put together to form a book.  


I love books that give other perspectives that just the chief P.O.V’s and here it was especially well done. I really enjoyed Wonder,  but I have to say that I loved this.


First up we had Julian’s perspective which was something I was really interested in. Julian had given Auggie quite a hard time at school and I was interested in seeing his justification. Julian was unlikeable from the first time we met him in Wonder, but in this book he became a much more likeable guy. With the help of his grandmother he recognised his wrong doings and tried to right them.


Second up we had Auggie’s oldest friend, Christopher, who was able to shed light on the earlier years of Auggie. He revealed (even more extensively than in book one) how much of a well-adjusted boy Auggie is.


Lastly we had Charlotte who was in the same class as Auggie at school. Much of the focus of her story was with other matters, such as dancing, friendships and interestingly a busker.


What this book did was add another dynamic to Wonder and provide even more  depth to a story that was already rich.


Highly recommended if you want to see another level of complexity added to Wonder.

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review 2016-05-25 15:30
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Wonder - R.J. Palacio

This was a lovely novel, a level of complexity that I didn’t expect woven throughout when portions of it were narrated by those also affected by Auggie’s illness.


This book is aimed at middle-graders. The protagonist, Auggie, a ten year-old boy, was born with a facial deformity which has a grave effect on his life. At the beginning of the book Auggie is rather solitary, being that he is home-schooled. Shortly after we meet him his parents make the decision to send him to public school. Initially Auggie is understandably against this decision, but he slowly accepts it and begins at Beecher Prep school where he encounters much ostracism and negativity from his peers.


The book is written in a very simplistic way, but this is exactly what, conversely, gives it its depth and sincerity. From a rational standpoint it wouldn’t have made much sense for a book whose protagonist is ten to have been anything but.


It’s impossible not to admire Auggie for his strength and resilience. He weathers much hardship not only from his peers but in his life outside school, such as the numerous operations he’s had or the reactions to him from the public. I did find that some distance was created between Auggie and the reader because he seldom related his feelings in a direct manner. He was very much of the ‘stiff-upper-lip’ variety. While this was truly admirable, it made it that much harder for the reader to get close to him.


What elevated this book from a three star read to three-and-a-half was that chapters were narrated by people affected by Auggie, such as his sister and friend. This gave an entirely different perspective that changed the entire outline of the book. I was very impressed with how the author got into the minds of all concerned so convincingly.


A fantastic read that handles a weighty topic with simplicity and one I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending.

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photo 2016-04-01 05:55

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2016


The first book you see in a bookstore: Pluto: A wonder story by R.J. Palacio

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review 2016-04-01 05:18
El juego de Christopher by R.J. Palacio
Wonder. El juego de Christopher - R.J. Palacio

Another book in the Wonder universe. In this opportunity, the story expands telling us a little bit of christopher, Auggie's first friend.


Is a short book that shows written as "a day in the life", with the hour to hour but also with flashbacks that let us know more about Auggie and Christopher friendship.


It's a really fast read and, it may not be as good as Wonder, it has really good lessons to live by and keep in mind. It teach us not to take the people that care about us for granted.


A great book that kids, as well as adults, will enjoy.

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