Book Trailer Thursday (61)–Wonder by R.J. Palacio

I’ve read some rave reviews for Wonder by R.J. Palacio and many of my Twitter friends have been singing its praises as well.  There’s even a hashtag devoted to Wonder #thewonderofwonder.  R.J. Palacio’s book is a little young, but it deals with a universal topic that I’m sure my students at the high school level will enjoy.  I really need to move Wonder up on my TBR list.  If you’ve read it, what did you think?  Is this trailer a good depiction/advertisement for the book?

Wonder Book CoverSummary of Wonder (From Goodreads): I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. 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, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.



  1. I’ve heard this book is really great too. The book trailer is so enticing – it makes me want to read the book anyway. Hope we both get to read it soon!

  2. Sounds like a great book, deserving of the word of mouth.

  3. Whitney Clodfelter says:

    Wonder is an INCREDIBLE book! My 9th graders are enjoying it even though it is kind of young.

  4. This looks SO good! I just got it for my MMS LMC. This is such a good trailer! I love that he never turns around leaving you to your imagination. Here’s our Book Trailer Thursday post this week! We’d love to have you link up over at Libby Blog! Happy watching and reading!

  5. Even though the main character is young, there are lots of subtle things that high school kids can pick up on. I’m amazed at the things my 6th graders are picking up on. They are so invested in the story. I’m also amazed at the kids who respond to “mean” characters despite the fact that the behavior of some characters are exactly how some of them would respond. A good conversation to have is, “all of you know how you SHOULD treat people. But what happens between what you SHOULD do and what you actually do?”

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      That is a great point to bring up with students, Beth. I hear my students talk about what they’d do in certain situations, but it’s often different from what they have done or usually do. I think Wonder could really drive that lesson home.

  6. I personally think the book is infinitely better than the trailer… I watched the trailer after reading the book, and it’s hard to stand up to the real thing.

    I agree with the other commenter who said that, while young, this book is subtle and provides much to discuss. I think it could make a great read aloud.

    You even spend some of the book in the head of the protagonist’s older (high school aged, I believe) sister, and I think also in her friend’s head. The varying points of view adds to the novel in general, and would make it a rich resource for discussing POV as well as for issue/kindness/do the right thing discussions.

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