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  • The StoryWonder is the story of Auggie Pullman, a 10 year old boy who longs to be ordinary. He does ordinary things eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary inside. But ordinary kids dont make other ordinary kidsrun away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids arent stared at wherever they go.

    Born with a severe facial diff erence, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the fi rst time, hes being sent to a real school and hes dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted but can he convince his new classmates that hes just like them, underneath it all?

    Author, R.J. Palacio: I love the idea of a national Kindness Day. Over the last few years I have been blown away by readers reactions to Wonder. Auggies story has been life changing not only for me but for millions of adults and children around the world who understand this really isnt just a book about a kid with a facial anomaly: its a celebration of kindness. The idea of having one day where everyone can take time to think about kindness and celebrate those who are kind is truly inspiring. @RJPalacio

    WONDER by R.J. PALACIO

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  • Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories

    Auggie & Me is a new side to the Wonder story: three new chapters from three diff erent characters giving an insight into how Auggie has touched their own lives. Thought-provoking, surprising, infuriating, heartbreaking and heartwarming, Auggie & Me is a must-read for the thousands of readers who loved Wonder.

    Julian has always felt uncomfortable around Auggie but a summer spent with his grandmother in Paris makes Julian see Auggie with new eyes.

    Christopher is Auggies oldest friend and knows better than most that being part of Auggies life comes with its challenges.

    Charlotte has always been nice to Auggie but in a year of torn loyalties and damaged feelings, is being nice really enough?

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    The Wonder Journal

    wonder noun: a cause of surprise, astonishment, or admiration

    journal noun: a book in which you write down your personal experiences and thoughts

    A beautiful journal for use throughout the year, packed with quotes, inspiration and words of wisdom from the much-loved Wonder.

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    365 Days of Wonder: Words of Wisdom for Everyday

    365 Days Of Wonder is a beautiful companion to Wonder: a collection of quotes and wise words, one for every day of the year. It includes funny, insightful, inspiring thoughts from Wonders fans, famous authors and personalities from Roald Dahl and Paul McCartney to Anne Frank, Tolkien and Popeye and from the novel itself. Its the perfect gift for anyone who loved Wonder, and its a book to be treasured and enjoyed again and again.

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    Stories by R.J. PALACIO

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  • Before readingIntroduce the book by looking at the words and images on the cover. Briefl y discuss what is implied by the line You cant blend in when you were born to stand out.

    Diff erent groups will need diff erent levels of support with the reading of Wonder. Getting into a book is often hard for youngsters so start by reading the fi rst few chapters aloud to them once they are caught up in the narrative they can be asked to read on independently.

    Perhaps your group cannot read books alone; if that is the case, read the entire book aloud to them in generous instalments over a few sessions.

    During readingConcentrate fi rst on responding to the content of the story rather than analysing the text in depth (that can always come later and will be more satisfactory if the students know the whole book). For example, at relevant points, you may enquire how the diff erent narrative voices off er new points of view:

    Auggies face is not fully described until quite far on in the story, in Vias chapter August: Through the Peephole. How close is this description to your own mental picture of Auggie? Did you have a picture of his face in your mind while reading the book? Did this description alter that picture?

    Or you may consider recurring themes, such as the fi lms and books that Auggie enjoys:

    Star Wars is one of Auggies passions. Why do you think this is? Do you see any reasons for Auggie to identify with these characters, or to aspire to be like them?

    You could explore what impact adults have on Auggies predicament. How do Auggies parents, teachers and other adults aff ect his life? For example:

    Look at the emails between Mr Tushman, Julians parents and Jacks parents in the chapter Letters, Emails, Facebook, Texts. Up to this point in the story we have seen how the children at Auggies school have reacted to him. Is Mrs Albans attitude towards Auggie diff erent? What do you make of her statement that Auggie is handicapped? Do you think she is correct in saying that asking ordinary children, such as Julian, to befriend Auggie places a burden on them?

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  • Seeing things from diff erent points of view:Handling challenging circumstances seen from the positions of being a parent, a sister, a teacher, a friend etc.

    Via:What did you think of Via as a character?

    Did you empathise with her?

    Why do you think Via was so angry to learn that Auggie cut off his Padawan braid?

    Do you think Vias own attitude towards her brother changes throughout the story?

    Mrs Albans:Look at the emails between Mr Tushman, Julians parents and Jacks parents in the chapter Letters, Emails, Facebook, Texts. Up to this point in the story we have seen how the children at Auggies school have reacted to him.

    Is Mrs Albans attitude towards Auggie diff erent?

    What do you make of her statement that Auggie is handicapped?

    Do you think she is correct in saying that asking ordinary children, such as Julian, to befriend Auggie places a burden on them?

    Use of disguises, costumes and masks:In the chapter Costumes Auggie describes the astronaut helmet that he wore constantly as a younger child. We later learn that Miranda was the one to give Auggie the helmet, and is proud of the gift, but that it was Auggies father who threw it away.

    What do you think the helmet signifi es to each of these characters and why do you think they all view it so diff erently?

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  • These quotes from Wonder are ideal for Sparking a class discussion on diff erences Inspiring creative writing Devising a drama script Opening an assembly on anti-bullying

    I know Im not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. I mean, sure, I do ordinary things. I eat ice cream. I ride my bike. I play ball. I have an Xbox. Stuff like that makes me ordinary. I guess. And I feel ordinary. Inside. But I know ordinary kids dont make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. I know ordinary kids dont get stared at wherever they go. If I found a magic lamp and I could have one wish, I would wish that I had a normal face that no one ever noticed at all. I would wish that I could walk down the street without people seeing me and then doing that look-away thing. Heres what I think: the only reason Im not ordinary is that no one else sees me that way. From Wonder, Chapter: Ordinary

    When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind. From Wonder, Chapter: Choose Kind

    I wish every day could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks. From Wonder, Chapter: Halloween

    I never used to see August the way other people saw him. I knew he didnt look exactly normal, but I really didnt understand why strangers seemed so shocked when they saw him. Horrifi ed. Sickened. Scared. There are so many words I can use to describe the looks on peoples faces. From Wonder, Chapter: Seeing August

    Before she went out, she looked left and right outside of the door to make sure no one saw her leaving. I guess even though she was neutral she didnt want to be seen with me. From Wonder, Chapter: The War

    Its like people you see sometimes, and you cant imagine what it would be like to be that person, whether its somebody in a wheelchair or somebody who cant talk. Only, I know that Im that person to other people, maybe to every single person in that whole auditorium. To me, though, Im just me. An ordinary kid. From Wonder, Chapter: Floating

    Key Conversation Starters What are your initial thoughts on these quotes? How do they make you feel? How do you think the character felt? Pick out key words/phrases from each quote and discuss the impact this may have

    on the reader.

    Key WONDER Quotes

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  • WONDER Words

    Use the words below to complete the words of wisdom . . .

    Whatever you are, be a one

    Abraham Lincoln

    If opportunity

    , build a door Milton Berle

    Sometimes rejection in life is really

    Tavis Smiley

    All we are saying is to give a chance

    John Lennon

    is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart Kahlil Gibran

    Making a million friends is not a the miracle is to

    make such a friend who can stand with you when millions are against

    you Unknown

    Sail the ocean, even when others

    Emma

    When its , be the one who turns on the

    light Joseph

    Find out what your is, and

    nurture it Katy Perry

    Your are your monuments Ins

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