Wonder (audiobook)

The Wonder Series , book 1

8.1 hrs • 7 CDs • Unabridged
Target Audience: Children (8–12)
Release Date: 09/26/17
Library CD Reissue
- 09/26/17 9781536611779
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A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Children's Titles for Ages 8-12

A #1 New York Times bestseller in children's middle-grade books

A Time Magazine Best Book of All Time for Young Adults

A Washington Post Best Book of the Year for Kids

A 2013 Carnegie Medal for Literature Finalist

A Los Angeles Times bestseller

A 2012 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Young Readers

A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction

A 2012 School Library Journal Best Book for Children

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2012

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

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting fifth grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.

Wonder begins from Auggie’s point of view but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

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“A crackling page-turner filled with characters you can’t help but root for.”

Entertainment Weekly

“Well-written, engaging, and so much fun to read that the pages almost turn themselves. More than that, Wonder touches the heart in the most life-affirming, unexpected ways.”

Nicholas Sparks, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Rich and memorable…Palacio captures the voices of girls and boys, fifth graders and teenagers, with equal skill.”

New York Times

“What makes R. J. Palacio’s debut novel so remarkable, and so lovely, is the uncommon generosity with which she tells Auggie’s story…The result is a beautiful, funny, and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformation.”

Wall Street Journal

“The breakout publishing sensation of 2012 will come courtesy of Palacio [and] is destined to go the way of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and then some.”

London Times

“Few first novels pack more of a punch: it’s a rare story with the power to open eyes—and hearts—to what it’s like to be singled out for a difference you can’t control, when all you want is to be just another face in the crowd.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Palacio has an exceptional knack for writing realistic conversation and describing the thoughts and emotions of the characters…A well-written, thought-provoking book.”

School Library Journal (starred review)

“Palacio makes it feel not only effortless but downright graceful, and by the stand-up-and-cheer conclusion, readers will be doing just that, and feeling as if they are part of this troubled but ultimately warm-hearted community.”

Booklist (starred review)

“A memorable story of kindness, courage, and wonder.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Wonder is the best kids’ book of the year.”


“Full of heart, full of truth, Wonder is a book about seeing the beauty that’s all around us. I dare you not to fall in love with Auggie Pullman.”

Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award–winning author

“It is the deceptive simplicity and honesty of the work that make Wonder so memorable. Every single character seems real and well-drawn and oh-so human…This book is beautiful.”

Christopher Paul Curtis, Newbery Award–winning author

“A beautiful story of kindness and courage. There are many real and well-developed characters, and they each have their shining moments. Of course, Auggie shines the brightest.”

Clare Vanderpool, Newbery award–winning author

Wonder is a beautifully told story about heartache, love, and the value of human life. One comes away from it wanting to be a better person.”

Patricia Reilly Giff, two-time Newbery honoree

Wonder is a shining jewel of a story that cannot help but encourage readers of all ages to do better, to be better, in how they treat others in life. I’m totally in love with this novel.”

Trudy Ludwig, antibullying advocate and author