Wonder by R.J. Palacio ~ Book Review

Pages:  316

Published:  February 14, 2012

Format:  Hardcover Book

Intended Age of Reader:  8-14

Awards:  Josette Frank Award (2013), Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee (2013), West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award (WAYRBA) for Younger Readers (2013), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (2014), Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award (2014) Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for Preis der Jugendjury (2014), New Mexico Land of Enchantment Award for Children (2014), Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature (2013), Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice for Grades 3-5 (2015), NAIBA Book of the Year for Middle Readers (2012), Waterstones Children’s Book Prize (2013), Washington State Sasquatch Award Nominee (2015), Bluestem Book Award (2014), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Middle Grade & Children’s (2012), Carnegie Medal Nominee (2013), James Cook Book Award Honorable Book (2013), North Carolina Children’s Book Award (2014), Premio El Templo de las Mil Puertas Nominee for Mejor novela extranjera independiente (2012), Rhode Island Children’s Book Award (2014), FAB Award Nominee (2014)

This is the best kind of book:  humorous, kind, loving, warm, full of insight and intelligence, full of great references to other great books and fairy tales, full of precepts and expressions to ponder and discuss.  This is a book that will make you think, laugh, cry, and want to be a better, kinder, more loving, more thoughtful person.  I read this with my kids and am so grateful for the experience.  Everyone should read this book!

I have kept this purposely brief as so much has already been written and discussed about this book already.  Here are some references for further discussion.

Review by Maria Russo in the New York Times

Reading Group Guide for Wonder

Discussion Questions by ThoughtCo.

Reading Group Guide by LitLovers

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