Wonder by R. J. Palacio


Written by R. J. Palacio

9+ readers   Debuts of the Month   
Download an extract Add to wishlist Share this book

The Lovereading4Kids comment

Winner of the 'Best of the Best' children's category at the Independent Bookshop Week Awards 2016.

Chosen by Stylist magazine as one of the Cult Books of 2012.

Frank, powerful, warm and often heart-breaking, Wonder is a book you'll read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page. This is a wonderful debut from a storyteller with a great future if this book is anything to go by and her characters are intensely likeable.

You can discuss what you think of this book on Twitter - #thewonderofwonder.

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion one of our members also shared their thoughts on this title. You can read their full review below.

  • Tegan Butler-Moore, age 10 - Wonder is a thought provoking tale about a deformed boy. He starts the scary life of a high schooler. All eyes are on him and his unusual appearance, but his friends are there for him, or are they...

    This book really made me think, and is sure to get the cogs in your brain running. It is amazingly real and makes you respect and admire August and his strong personality. But not all is perfect when he starts school for the first time and certain people just can’t get over his unique appearance. He knows for certain his family will always be there for him, but are his friends?


Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Wonder is the funny, sweet and incredibly moving story of Auggie Pullman. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, this shy, bright ten-year-old has been home-schooled by his parents for his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the stares and cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, Auggie is being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. 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, underneath it all? Through the voices of Auggie, his big sister Via, and his new friends Jack and Summer, Wonder follows Auggie's journey through his first year at Beecher Prep.

You can also see a trailer for this book by scrolling down the page, or visiting the author page.

There is an extract from the audiobook below:

Wonder by R J Palacio by Random House Audiobooks

Browse inside this book


'What a gem of a story. Moving and heart-warming. This book made me laugh, made me angry, made me cry' - Malorie Blackman

‘An uplifting, hopeful and important book.’ - The Bookseller

'A story of intense action and intense introspection . . . a beautifully told lesson in empathy that requires that the reader find sympathy for each of the principle actors in the story. Palacio is a wonderful storyteller and her characters are bright, well-rounded and intensely likeable. Wonder is a beautiful book that is full of sorrow and triumph, emotional without being manipulative - highly recommended.' - Cory Doctorow, boingboing.net

 'Can I just say right now that I loved Wonder by R.J. Palacio? I want EVERYONE to read it. (That's right, I shouted!) In fact, if it were out right now I'd be buying copies to give to other people to read. I loved it, it was so sweet and real. It's sad, funny, inspiring, infuriating, eye opening and awesome! It's hard for me to express just how much I loved this book. It's an eye opener for any age' - Attack of the Book

 'From the incredible first paragraph...you are hooked into August's life and boy what a life he leads. It's an emotional roller coaster as you find yourself wanting to protect this fictional character... The book is one that you continue to think about days after reading it. I was told it was geared to kids but really don't think that this is a book that can be pigeon holed into one genre. The writing is beautifully crafted to embrace the many complex emotions most of us has endured at one time or another. It also covers many difficulties that people of all ages continue to battle in adulthood. I'd be very surprised if this doesn't win awards.' - Mardixon.com

'The moment I began reading Wonder for the first time, I felt just like I had pulled the best prize out of a lucky dip, or I'd been told some unexpected and wonderful news - I knew I had something truly special in my hands..' Editor's Choice, Random House Librarians' Newsletter

About the Author

R. J. Palacio is a graphic designer by day and a writer by night. She lives in New York City with her family and a black dog called Bear. The Times chose her as one of their 100 people to watch in 2012.

Wonder is her first novel.

Click here for a Q&A with R.J. Palacio.

More books by this author

Loading similar books...

Other Formats

Book Info


320 pages
Interest Age: from 9 to 11


R. J. Palacio
More books by R. J. Palacio

Author's Website



Bodley Head Children's Books an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Publication date

1st March 2012




I love Lovereading4kids because I get an opportunity to put my opinion forward and to try new books

Elosie Clarkson – age 11

I love finding new books to read. My mummy and me look at the new ones coming out. I have written reviews of some of them!

Jessica Cobbin – age 7

Lovereading is just a convenient way to find new books and hear others opinions on them.

Sarah Murray – age 15

I have told all my friends, family & teachers to see for themselves just how great the site is. Without fail, they are hugely impressed.

Alexander Boxall – age 11

It’s so easy to find the right book for your child. Such an easy-to-use, yet in-depth website. 100% reliable.

Pippa, Jack, Liam & Matthew Wils

At @HHSHaringey we love @lovereading4kids because our pupils can practice reviewing & get free upcoming books before anyone else!

Helen Swinyard – Heartlands High

It gives me a chance to read types of books that I would not normally try, and it motivates me to read every night to finish it!

Alice Horncastle, age 14

I love Lovereading as it provides an honest opinion and showcases a range of fiction. Suited to both parents & kids alike, it’s a must-use.

Georgie Rowe – age 16

Lovereading 4 schools