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Table of Contents

Wonder by R. J. Palacio 4

Summary 4

Characters 6

August "Auggie" Pullman: 6

Olivia "Via" Pullman: 6

Summer Dawson: 6

Isabel and Nate Pullman: 6

Jack Will: 6

Charlotte Cody: 7

Julian Albans: 7

Justin: 7

Daisy: 7

Miranda Navas: 7

Mr. Tushman: 7

Eddie or Edward: 8

Mr. Browne: 8

Mrs. Garcia: 8

Bear 8

Themes and Supporting Quotations 9

Family 9

Appearances 12

Isolation 16

Kindness 20

Courage 24

Maturing 28

Principles 32

Identity 36

Suffering 40

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Summary

August "Auggie" Pullman is a 10-year-old living in the fictional neighbourhood of North River Heights in upper Manhattan. He has a rare medical facial deformity, which he refers to as "mandibulofacial dysostosis", more commonly known as Treacher Collins syndrome and a cleft palate. Due to numerous surgeries, Auggie had been home-schooled by his mother, but his parents decide to enrol him in Beecher Prep, a private school, for the start of middle school in the fall.

Auggie visits Beecher with his mother and meets the school director Mr. Tushman, along with three students: Jack Will, Julian Albans, and Charlotte Cody. Although extremely self-conscious and scared of being around kids his own age, Auggie gradually gets used to and even begins to enjoy school. He befriends Jack as well as a girl named Summer Dawson, who sits with him during lunch when no one else would. Julian, however, barely conceals his disgust at Auggie's appearance, avoids him and often makes hurtful remarks. He bullies Auggie and hates him for the way he looks.

During Halloween, when Auggie didn't feel like wearing his Boba Fett costume, he wore a "Bleeding Scream" costume instead. Unrecognized at school, he overhears Jack telling Julian in homeroom he would "kill himself" if he looked like Auggie. Feeling hurt and betrayed by Jack, Auggie wants to quit school, but his 15-year-old sister Via convinces him not to. Auggie confides the incident to Summer. Jack...

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