R J Palacio, ALFRED A KNOPF, THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A KNOPF. This is a work of fiction Names characters places and incidents either are the. product of the author s imagination or are used fictitiously Any resemblance to actual. persons living or dead events or locales is entirely coincidental . Text copyright 2012 by R J Palacio,Jacket art copyright 2012 by Tad Carpenter. All rights reserved Published in the United States by Alfred. A Knopf an imprint of Random House Children s Books a division of Random House . Inc New York , Knopf Borzoi Books and the colophon are registered trademarks of Random House . Inc ,Permissions can be found on page 316,Visit us on the Web randomhouse com kids. Educators and librarians for a variety of teaching tools visit us at. randomhouse com teachers, Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data Palacio R J . Wonder by R J Palacio ,p cm , Summary Ten year old Auggie Pullman who was born with extreme facial. abnormalities and was not expected to survive goes from being home schooled to. entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan which entails enduring the. taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student . eISBN 978 0 375 89988 1, 1 Abnormalities Human Fiction 2 Self importance Fiction 3 Middle schools . Fiction 4 Schools Fiction I ,Title ,PZ7 P17526Wo 2012. Fic dc23 2011027133,February 2012,10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. FIRST EDITION, Random House Children s Books supports the First 5 8 2014 Wonder Amendment and. celebrates the right to read , Any further reproduction or distribution of this document in a format other than a. specialized format is copyright infringement Only authorized entities are entitled to. further distribute or reproduce this document only in a specialized format This digital. text version was prepared by the Accessible Book Collection You may find us at. www accessiblebookcollection org , For Russell Caleb and Joseph. Contents,Part One August, Ordinary, Why I Didn t Go to School. How I Came to Life, Christopher s House, Driving, Paging Mr Tushman. Nice Mrs Garcia, Jack Will Julian and Charlotte, The Grand Tour. The Performance Space, The Deal, Home, First Day Jitters. Locks, Around the Room, Lamb to the Slaughter, Choose Kind. Lunch, The Summer Table, One to Ten, Padawan, Wake Me Up when September Ends. Jack Will, Mr Browne s October Precept, Apples, Halloween. School Pictures, The Cheese Touch, Costumes, The Bleeding Scream. Names Part Two Via, A Tour of the Galaxy, Before August. Seeing August, August Through the Peephole, High School. Major Tom, After School, The Padawan Bites the Dust. An Apparition at the Door, Breakfast, Genetics 101. The Punnett Square, Out with the Old, October 31, Trick or Treat. Time to Think Part Three Summer, Weird Kids, The Halloween Party. November, Warning This Kid Is Rated R,The Egyptian Tomb Part Four Jack. The Call, Carvel, Why I Changed My Mind, Four Things. Ex Friends, Snow, Fortune Favors the Bold, Private School. In Science, Partners, Detention, Season s Greetings. Letters Emails Facebook Texts, Back from Winter Break. The War, Switching Tables, Why I Didn t Sit with August the First Day of School. Sides, August s House,The Boyfriend Part Five Justin. Olivia s Brother, Valentine s Day, Our Town, Ladybug. The Bus Stop, Rehearsal, Bird,The Universe Part Six August. North Pole, The Auggie Doll, Lobot, Hearing Brightly. Via s Secret, My Cave, Goodbye, Daisy s Toys, Heaven. Understudy,The Ending Part Seven Miranda, Camp Lies. School, What I Miss Most, Extraordinary but No One There to See. The Performance,After the Show Part Eight August, The Fifth Grade Nature Retreat. Known For, Packing, Daybreak, Day One, The Fairgrounds. Be Kind to Nature, The Woods Are Alive, Alien, Voices in the Dark. The Emperor s Guard, Sleep, Aftermath, Home, Bear. The Shift, Ducks, The Last Precept, The Drop Off, Take Your Seats Everyone. A Simple Thing, Awards, Floating, Pictures, The Walk Home. Appendix Acknowledgments,Permissions, Doctors have come from distant cities. just to see me,stand over my bed,disbelieving what they re seeing. They say I must be one of the wonders,of god s own creation. and as far as they can see they can offer no explanation. NATALIE MERCHANT Wonder , Part One, August, Fate smiled and destiny. laughed as she came to my cradle , Natalie Merchant Wonder . Ordinary, I know I m 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 don t make other ordinary. kids run away screaming in playgrounds I know ordinary kids don t 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 Here s what I think the. only reason I m not ordinary is that no one else sees me that way . But I m kind of used to how I look by now I know how to pretend I don t see the faces. people make We ve all gotten pretty good at that sort of thing me Mom and Dad Via . Actually I take that back Via s not so good at it She can get really annoyed when. people do something rude Like for instance one time in the playground some older. kids made some noises I don t even know what the noises were exactly because I. didn t hear them myself but Via heard and she just started yelling at the kids That s the. way she is I m not that way , Via doesn t see me as ordinary She says she does but if I were ordinary she wouldn t. feel like she needs to protect me as much And Mom and Dad don t see me as. ordinary either They see me as extraordinary I think the only person in the world who. realizes how ordinary I am is me , My name is August by the way I won t describe what I look like Whatever you re. thinking it s probably worse , Why I Didn t Go to School. Next week I start fifth grade Since I ve never been to a real school before I am pretty. much totally and completely petrified People think I haven t gone to school because of. the way I look but it s not that It s because of all the surgeries I ve had Twenty seven. since I was born The bigger ones happened before I was even four years old so I. don t remember those But I ve had two or three surgeries every year since then some. big some small and because I m little for my age and I have some other medical. mysteries that doctors never really figured out I used to get sick a lot That s why my. parents decided it was better if I didn t go to school I m much stronger now though . The last surgery I had was eight months ago and I probably won t have to have any. more for another couple of years , Mom homeschools me She used to be a children s book illustrator She draws really. great fairies and mermaids Her boy stuff isn t so hot though She once tried to draw. me a Darth Vader but it ended up looking like some weird mushroom shaped robot I. haven t seen her draw anything in a long time I think she s too busy taking care of me. and Via , I can t say I always wanted to go to school because that wouldn t be exactly true What. I wanted was to go to school but only if I could be like every other kid going to school . Have lots of friends and hang out after school and stuff like that . I have a few really good friends now Christopher is my best friend followed by Zachary. and Alex We ve known each other since we were babies And since they ve always. known me the way I am they re used to me When we were little we used to have. playdates all the time but then Christopher moved to Bridgeport in Connecticut That s. more than an hour away from where I live in North River Heights which is at the top tip. of Manhattan And Zachary and Alex started going to school It s funny even though. Christopher s the one who moved far away I still see him more than I see Zachary and. Alex They have all these new friends now If we bump into each other on the street . they re still nice to me though They always say hello . I have other friends too but not as good as Christopher and Zack and Alex were For. instance Zack and Alex always invited me to their birthday parties when we were little . but Joel and Eamonn and Gabe never did Emma invited me once but I haven t seen. her in a long time And of course I always go to Christopher s birthday Maybe I m. making too big a deal about birthday parties , How I Came to Life. I like when Mom tells this story because it makes me laugh so much It s not funny in. the way a joke is funny but when Mom tells it Via and I just start cracking up . So when I was in my mom s stomach no one had any idea I would come out looking. the way I look Mom had had Via four years before and that had been such a walk in. the park Mom s expression that there was no reason to run any special tests About. two months before I was born the doctors realized there was something wrong with my. face but they didn t think it was going to be bad They told Mom and Dad I had a cleft. palate and some other stuff going on They called it small anomalies . There were two nurses in the delivery room the night I was born One was very nice. and sweet The other one Mom said did not seem at all nice or sweet She had very. big arms and here comes the funny part she kept farting Like she d bring Mom. some ice chips and then fart She d check Mom s blood pressure and fart Mom says it. was unbelievable because the nurse never even said excuse me Meanwhile Mom s. regular doctor wasn t on duty that night so Mom got stuck with this cranky kid doctor. she and Dad nicknamed Doogie after some old TV show or something they didn t. actually call him that to his face But Mom says that even though everyone in the room. was kind of grumpy Dad kept making her laugh all night long . When I came out of Mom s stomach she said the whole room got very quiet Mom. didn t even get a chance to look at me because the nice nurse immediately rushed me. out of the room Dad was in such a hurry to follow her that he dropped the video. camera which broke into a million pieces And then Mom got very upset and tried to. get out of bed to see where they were going but the farting nurse put her very big. arms on Mom to keep her down in the bed They were practically fighting because. Mom was hysterical and the farting nurse was yelling at her to stay calm and then they. both started screaming for the doctor But guess what He had fainted Right on the. floor So when the farting nurse saw that he had fainted she started pushing him with. her foot to get him to wake up yelling at him the whole time What kind of doctor are. you What kind of doctor are you Get up Get up And then all of a sudden she let out. the biggest loudest smelliest fart in the history of farts Mom thinks it was actually the. fart that finally woke the doctor Anyway when Mom tells this story she acts out all the. parts including the farting noises and it is so so so so funny . Mom says the farting nurse turned out to be a very nice woman She stayed with Mom. the whole time Didn t leave her side even after Dad came back and the doctors told. them how sick I was Mom remembers exactly what the nurse whispered in her ear. when the doctor told her I probably wouldn t live through the night Everyone born of. God overcometh the world And the next day after I had lived through the night it was. that nurse who held Mom s hand when they brought her to meet me for the first time . Mom says by then they had told her all about me She had been preparing herself for. the seeing of me But she says that when she looked down into my tiny mushed up. face for the first time all she could see was how pretty my eyes were . Mom is beautiful by the way And Dad is handsome Via is pretty In case you were. wondering , Christopher s House, I was really bummed when Christopher moved away three years ago We were both. around seven then We used to spend hours playing with our Star Wars action figures. and dueling with our lightsabers I miss that , Last spring we drove over to Christopher s house in Bridgeport Me and Christopher. were looking for snacks in the kitchen and I heard Mom talking to Lisa Christopher s. mom about my going to school in the fall I had never ever heard her mention school. before , What are you talking about I said , Mom looked surprised like she hadn t meant for me to hear that . You should tell him what you ve been thinking Isabel Dad said He was on the other. side of the living room talking to Christopher s dad . We should talk about this later said Mom , No I want to know what you were talking about I answered . Don t you think you re ready for school Auggie Mom said . No I said , I don t either said Dad , Then that s it case closed I said shrugging and I sat in her lap like I was a baby . I just think you need to learn more than I can teach you Mom said I mean come on . Auggie you know how bad I am at fractions , What school I said I already felt like crying . Beecher Prep Right by us , Wow that s a great school Auggie said Lisa patting my knee . Why not Via s school I said , That s too big Mom answered I don t think that would be a good fit for you . I don t want to I said I admit I made my voice sound a little babyish . You don t have to do anything you don t want to do Dad said coming over and lifting. me out of Mom s lap He carried me over to sit on his lap on the other side of the sofa . We won t make you do anything you don t want to do . But it would be good for him Nate Mom said , Not if he doesn t want to answered Dad looking at me Not if he s not ready . I saw Mom look at Lisa who reached over and squeezed her hand . You guys will figure it out she said to Mom , You always have . Let s just talk about it later said Mom I could tell she and Dad were going to get in a. fight about it I wanted Dad to win the fight Though a part of me knew Mom was right . And the truth is she really was terrible at fractions . Driving, It was a long drive home I fell asleep in the backseat like I always do my head on Via s. lap like she was my pillow a towel wrapped around the seat belt so I wouldn t drool all. over her Via fell asleep too and Mom and Dad talked quietly about grown up things I. didn t care about , I don t know how long I was sleeping but when I woke up there was a full moon. outside the car window It was a purple night and we were driving on a highway full of. cars And then I heard Mom and Dad talking about me . We can t keep protecting him Mom whispered to Dad who was driving We can t just. pretend he s going to wake up tomorrow and this isn t going to be his reality because it. is Nate and we have to help him learn to deal with it We can t just keep avoiding. situations that , So sending him off to middle school like a lamb to the slaughter Dad answered. angrily but he didn t even finish his sentence because he saw me in the mirror looking. up , What s a lamb to the slaughter I asked sleepily . Go back to sleep Auggie Dad said softly , Everyone will stare at me at school I said suddenly crying . Honey Mom said She turned around in the front seat and put her hand on my hand . You know if you don t want to do this you don t have to But we spoke to the principal. there and told him about you and he really wants to meet you . What did you tell him about me , How funny you are and how kind and smart When I told him you read Dragon Rider. when you were six he was like Wow I have to meet this kid . Did you tell him anything else I said ,Mom smiled at me Her smile kind of hugged me . I told him about all your surgeries and how brave you are she said . So he knows what I look like I asked , Well we brought pictures from last summer in Montauk Dad said We showed him. pictures of the whole family And that great shot of you holding that flounder on the. boat , You were there too I have to admit I felt a little disappointed that he was a part of. this , We both talked to him yes Dad said He s a really nice man . You would like him Mom added ,Suddenly it felt like they were on the same side . Wait so when did you meet him I said , He took us on a tour of the school last year said Mom . Last year I said So you ve been thinking about this for a whole year and you didn t.
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