Wonder by R. J. Palacio - book review

In my typical late-to-the-party fashion, I am going to gush about Wonder. You will find all sorts of glowing reviews and pronouncements of 2013 Newbery contention across the bibliosphere. I doubt I have much to add. It's good, REALLY good. It's important, especially given all the needed focus on bullying, REALLY important and timely. It probably does have a decent Newbery chance for 2013 (although I will argue that it is a bit too anchored in modern vernacular and cultural reference to fit Newbery and also because I really want The One and Only Ivan,  which is better in the timeless writing category though equal in the authentic voice category, to have a chance too).

It is everything you have read about: poignant, realistic, well-written, authentically voiced, truly a fantastic addition to children's literature. I bought 25 copies for our school....

Since I have nothing to add to the Wonder lovefest; I guess I will do what I do here and post the linky stuff one will need for classroom assistance!

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Here is the author reading the first chapter of the book:

Here's a author interview on how she came up with the idea:
 found via Mr. Schu at Watch. Connect. Read. 

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age: 8 and up
Pages: 320
 Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
 Date: February 2012
 ISBN 0375869026
Themes: Tolerance, Disability, Family Life, Friendship, Kindness
 Character Development: Good Plot Engagement: Very good, motivated by wanting kindness to prevail!
Originality: Like similar 'disability themed books recently, but with unique and authentic voices
Believability: Very believable
Thank You: NetGalley & Random House for my eBook time-limited read

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