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Wonder

by R.J. Palacio

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if...

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

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Hardcover - 315 pages - $16.99
ISBN: 0375869026 (ISBN13: 9780375869020)
Published Feb 14, 2012 by Knopf
First published 2012

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Wonder is a super popular book that always catches the interest of my students. It's diverse topic also peaks interest.

Wonder is a super popular book that always catches the interest of my students. It's diverse topic also peaks interest.

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I teach in four ESL centered 4th grade classes. 75% or more of our students in each class who spoke no English at all upon entering the country or, if they...

I teach in four ESL centered 4th grade classes. 75% or more of our students in each class who spoke no English at all upon entering the country or, if they were born here, spoke no English upon entering KG. They are working hard, but have a lot of catching up to do.

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