Reviews for Wonder

AudioFile Reviews 2012 June
August has severe facial abnormalities. Until now he's had too many health issues to go to school. He's unsure about starting fifth grade because people have always recoiled at the sight of him. Diane Steele's sweet, raspy characterization echoes his strength and vulnerability. WONDER is told from six points of view, starting and ending with August's own. Several chapters in the middle are from the perspectives of his sister and friends. Kate Rudd and Nick Podehl narrate these chapters adroitly. On the other hand, multiple narrators means multiple characterizations of each character. In dialogue the narrators each give the same cast of characters different accents and attitudes. It's slightly disorienting. Regardless, WONDER is an incredible story. A.M.P. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 August

Gr 4-7--August (Auggie) Pullman considers himself just a normal ten-year-old kid. But to everyone else, he is definitely different, the tragic victim of a one-in-a-billion birth defect. After years of homeschooling, he will be attending fifth grade in a pubic school and he thinks he knows what to expect, and he's terrified. Auggie he refuses to let his facial deformity garner sympathy. The boy discovers that other people can surprise you, and that everyone is capable of defying expectations, including himself. The superb narration by Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, and most especially, Diana Steele as Auggie, takes Palacio's poignant writing (Knopf, 2012) to the next level. The story is shared between Auggie and the family members and friends who surround him. Each voice adds another layer to what is, at heart, a simple tale about kindness. Listeners will discover both the humor and the heartache of being different, and how one person can truly touch many lives.-- Michaela Schied, Indian River Middle School, Philadelphia, NY

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