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Wonder

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ABSOLUTELY “AMAZING BOOK!!! This book should be required reading for every human being who lives on the planet! I’m a 54 year old grandfather who served in the Marine Corps (just for a little context). I’m not an emotional person but this book was incredibly moving. R. J. Palacio…I can’t believe how she so accurately and consistently pegs human nature. The book is a “novel” – yeah right! This is real life! This is truly like it is. If you ever desired to be a better person, this book can help you start the journey!”

“My son is like Auggie and this book is incredible. My 5th grader has craniofacial anomalies and I feel that this book could not have been better written. RJ Palacio caught Auggie’s voice so well and captured his challenges and strengths so beautifully that I still can’t believe that she doesn’t have a child who is living this life. I’m not going to try to summarize the story as many other reviewers have done that – I just want to talk about the emotional resonance of the work.

The sheer truth of Auggie’s journey is what meant the most to me. There are so many small moments that struck me to the core – e.g. Auggie’s feelings about Halloween, the way Auggie has an easier time when his classmates understand that there’s more to him than his face, Auggie’s struggle to move past his need for coddling, even the food that Auggie eats. The most emotional moment for me came toward the end of the book when Auggie’s father tells him that he loves the way Auggie looks, because that it exactly how my husband and I feel about our son.

I wish that everyone would read this book, because it will help them understand the humanity of my son and everyone like him.”

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