If you’re haven’t read this book yet, you absolutely need to. It is absolutely incredible. It doesn’t matter if you’re eight, or you’re eighteen, this book has benefits for everyone and anyone. A New York Times’ best seller, by R.J. Palacio. This book has gotten many awards and recognitions. The Wall Street Journal says, “A beautiful, funny and sometimes sob-making of quiet transformation.” I couldn’t describe it better!

Our main character, August Pullman (Auggie for short), was born with a face that causes kids to scream, and flee to their parents in terror. Can you imagine? His eyes are below where they should be, slant downwards, his eyelids sag, and one is lower than the other. His nose is large, he has no cheekbones, and a waxy appearance. Some people think he was in a fire, but no. Although his facial differences scare other kids, below all of the uncommon looks of his face, lies a normal and lonely kid.

Auggie has been homeschooled all of his life, not having the need or want to go to school. According to Auggie, the less people who see his face, the better. After a while, his mom can’t teach him the things he needs to know, for he is entering middle school. He finally agrees. You have to admire Auggie for his bravery.

Auggie has many adventures at his new school of Beecher Prep, meeting a girl named Summer, and a boy named Jack. Two of the few people who can see through his face, right to his heart. They see Auggie as a kid, a normal kid, which is what Auggie has always wanted.  They experience risky and scary moments and adventures. You will never be bored.

Although this is not a true story, the author stated that she had seen a boy who looked like Auggie. That means that there are kids out there like him! Kids that are dying for friends to see through their appearance, and notice their heart. This book changes characters narrating the story, showing you how other kids view Auggie. This book can inspire any kid to express kindness to everyone. Its overall a great read, a 10/10! I recommend this book for any kid, and hope you will buy this book.

Title: Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio
Reviewer: Palm-Tree Princess
Reviewer’s Age: 13
Suggested Age Range: All Ages

You can find the book version here: Wonder

You can find the Kindle version here: Wonder


  • Mary Lou Frisbie

    May 26, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Thanks for this suggestion. I am going to buy this book for my granddaughter. I hope she enjoys it as much as you did.


      May 26, 2017 at 11:44 am

      This is Anonymous Lancaster, an employee here at James Street Review. Thank you VERY much for your comment and buying this book. We hope you continue to use our website!

  • Shawn

    May 26, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Amazing review! I can’t wait for the movie, too.


    May 26, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Thank you for bringing my attention to this great website. I am going to order ‘Wonder’ very soon. Very interest review, thank you!


      May 26, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Sorry – that should have read as ‘very interesting review!’


    May 26, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Thank you for your support!! 🙂


    May 26, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    This looks amazing! What a great description of one of my favorite books!

    Palm Tree Princess

    May 26, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you guys for liking my book review!


    May 26, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Sounds like a great book. I do not know a lot about book reviews, but this was a very well written, well detailed review.


    May 26, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    One of my daughters favorite books! Great review!

    Crazy Savage

    May 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Bruh this lit

    Melodie Davis

    May 26, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Well written review and a gripping topic. How helpful for all of us to put ourselves into another’s shoes.

    Best wishes running this site! It reminds me of the book review I did of my great niece’s book she wrote for a class (age 11) and the teacher helped them self-publish. I love anything that encourages the love of books and good writing! Jade’s book is written about here: https://findingharmonyblog.com/2016/04/20/writer-wednesday-her-first-book-published-at-age-11/


    May 26, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I was 38 when I read this book! It made me cry a little. Are you planning to see the movie? I thought it was well done and I look forward to introducing my kids to it soon.


      May 26, 2017 at 2:10 pm

      Yes, I cannot wait to see the movie. I am very happy you support this site.

    Palm Tree Princess

    May 26, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Thank you vey much for you compliments. Yes, I am definitely planning to see the movie!

    Auntie Ashley

    May 26, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Sounds like a very good book. There’s a movie coming out? I bet that will be good too.


    May 26, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I’ve read this book several times, and it was one of the best I’ve ever read. You have described it almost perfectly.


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    May 26, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Love this review. Very inspiring! 🙂


    May 26, 2017 at 7:53 pm


    Nadine Weldon

    June 5, 2017 at 3:57 am

    It sounds like a good book. Thanks to the reviews, I would really like to read it!


    June 8, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Wonder is one of my favorite books ever, and I couldn’t have described it any better!!!


    June 8, 2017 at 12:30 am

    BTW, the previous comment said that I posted it at 12:29 am, but actually it’s only 8:30 pm!

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