By: Raquel J. Palacio

Protagonist & antagonist

The protagonist, or main character, is August "Auggie" Pullman is a 10-year-old living in Manhattan. He has a rare medical facial deformity, which he refers to as "mandibulofacial dysostosis". Due to numerous surgeries, Auggie had been home-schooled by his mother, but his parents decide to enroll him in Beecher Prep, a private school, for the start of middle school in the fall. He faces the "normal" kids and a few bullies that try to bring him down, but their efforts end up making him more poplar than ever.

Conflict of the story

I think this book has a lot of conflicts because August is internally struggling when he was born with a deformity and he wants to be normal. Also because of his looks people would treat him differently, an example of External conflict. Plus at points he would have bullies like Julian and the 7th graders which makes it a Man vs. Man, too.


I puts realistic fiction and a bit of humor because it has real life problems but the character is also funny and has a good sense of humor. Also the book is geared toward young readers, such as Middler Schoolers.


Precept~ rule of personal conduct

Quip~ witty remark

Gauge~ judge tentatively or form an estimate of

Inkling~a slight suggestion or vague understanding

Retrospect~ contemplation of things in the past


August Pullman is going to school for the first time at Breecher Prep Middle School. He struggles to fit in with the "normal" kids.

About the Author

R.J. Palacio is a graphfic designer and book jacket designer. She is the author of Wonder, Pluto, Shingiling, 365 days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts, and The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story. Palacio's box set, Wonder/ 365 days of wonder, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014.

Theme statement

Don't judge a book by it's cover; most of the people August meets treats him differnetly because he is deformed, but when they get to actually get to know him he is an ordinary kid.

Similar books

If you liked Wonder you might like these books:

Out of my mind- Sharon M. Draper

A long walk to water- Linda Sue Park