WONDER

Reading & Discussion Guide

Home Reading Schedule: 
 
Week 1
Monday, Feb. 5: Pages 3-30
Tuesday, Feb. 6: Pages 31-62
Wednesday, Feb. 7:  Pages 63-94
Thursday, Feb. 8: Pages 95-126
Friday, Feb. 9: Pages 127-157
Week 2
Monday, Feb. 12: Pages 158-189
Tuesday, Feb. 13: Pages 190-222
Wednesday, Feb. 14: Pages 223-255
Thursday, Feb. 15: Pages 256-287
Friday, Feb. 16: Pages 288-310

Winner of the BookBrowse 2012 Best Book for Younger Readers Award

 

Book Summary of Wonder

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

  Chapter Questions & Discussion Guide  

Families:

These are some possible questions you could ask while or after you read with your children. We hope they lead to some fruitful discussions about the book.

Please look at the questions before reading to determine which you would like to ask your child.  Some questions may be appropriate for older children or might take explaining.  

Monday, Pages 3-30

What does Auggie mean when he says, " I think the only person in the world who realizes how ordinary I am is me."

Tuesday, Pages 31-62

Would you like to go to school if Julian treated you the way he treated Auggie during the school tour?  Why?  Why not?

Discuss the precept: 
"When given the choice between being right and being kind, always be kind."  What does this mean at your school and at home?

Wednesday, Pages 63-94

How did Auggie feel about Julian not coming to his birthday party?  How do you feel when people you have invited to your birthday party choose not to come?

Why did the other students not want to touch Auggie?  Do they have good reason?  How does this make Auggie feel?

Jack talks rudely about Auggie to Julian and their friends.  How does this make Auggie feel when he overhears it?  What should Auggie have done?  What would you do if you heard someone speaking unkindly about you?

Thursday, Pages 95-126

How does Via feel to miss out on special time with her Mom when Auggie is sick?  What do you think it is like to have a Mom whose time is taken up with a brother or sister?

What do you think about the game the kids created at the school, pretending that Auggie's condition was contagious?  How do you think this made his friend, Jack, feel?

Friday, Pages 127-157

Why is it hard to act normal when we see someone who looks different from us?

What does precept 3: "Fortune favors the bold" mean?  Why does Jack think Auggie has a lot to write about it?

Monday, Pages 158-189

What does Auggie mean when he says, "Welcome to my world!" to Jack?  What do you think Auggie's world is like? 

 

How would you describe a person like Auggie that lives in that world every day?

Tuesday, Pages 190-222

Via does not want Auggie to come to her play.  Why do you think she feels this way?

Daisy, the family dog died.  How did Auggie feel about his pet?  Why do you think Auggie was so close to Daisy?

Wednesday, Pages 223-255

Why do you think Miranda wants to have a brother like Auggie?

Why do you think Miranda let Via go on for her on the opening night of the play?  Was she really sick?

Thursday, Pages 256-287

Why do you think that Miles, Amos and Henry protecting Auggie changed the way that everyone felt about Auggie?

How do you think it makes Auggie feel to have his own "emperor's guard?"

Friday, Pages 288-310

Why do you think Auggie's father threw away the astronaut helmet?  Why didn't he tell Auggie that he did it until the graduation day?  How would you feel if someone you loved kept something from you?

"But the best way to measure how much you've grown...is with what you've done with your time, how you've chosen to spend your days, and whom you have touched this year."  Discuss what this means.

"We carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind, but the very choice of kindness."

What are some ways you can choose kind every day?