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Literature / Wonder (2012)

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Wonder is a middle grade realistic fiction novel and R.J. Palacio's debut. It is about a 10-year-old Shrinking Violet who is about to attend school for the first time since he's been too busy with surgeries of his deformed face to go earlier. Although he manages to form a ¡Three Amigos! with his fellow classmates Summer Dawson and Jacklope "Jack" Will, his face scares off or repulsed all of his other classmates, and this novel is about his quest to gain a 100% Adoration Rating in his school. Also has a companion novel, Auggie and Me, published in 2015.

A film adaptation was released by Lionsgate on November 17, 2017, with Jacob Tremblay in the lead role as Auggie, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as his parents and Stephen Chbosky as the film's director. Broadway is producing a version of the story.


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  • Unfortunate Name: Mr. Tushman. He's pretty much used to the jokes about it and even grins about it himself.
    • In the book, Augie's parents mention having a college teacher named Miss Butt.
  • Verbal Tic: August mumbles a lot during the beginning of the book, but he gets better once he comes out of his shell.
  • Voiceover Letter: In the movie, Jack's letter of excuse to the headmaster and the latter's response are voiced out by the actors.
  • Wham Episode: The so-called "Halloween Incident", where Jack unintentionally betrays August.
    • When Charlotte tells Jack about the "boy war".
    • The introduction of Eddie and the loss of August's hearing aids.
  • What Are Records?: In the movie, Via doesn't know what a floppy disk is. The father explains "it's basically an iPhone".
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What happened to Via's new friends, Eleanor and Kevin?
    • After the Wham Episode with him, Eddie isn't mentioned again. He is presumed to be expelled.
    • Bear, the successor dog to Daisy after her death, isn't mentioned again after his introduction, and is mainly just a way to soften the death of the Team Pet.


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