The multi-million-copy bestseller WONDER showed how choosing kindness and empathy can change the lives of those around you.
Now, in AUGGIE & ME, you can discover a new side to the WONDER story in three new chapters from three different characters:
Julian: Auggie's classroom bully
Christopher: Auggie's oldest friend
Charlotte: Auggie's classmate
These three stories are heartbreaking, surprising, funny and hopeful. Just like WONDER, AUGGIE & ME will make you laugh, cry and try to choose kind.
Praise for WONDER:
"Remarkable . . . It has the power to move hearts and change minds" (Guardian)
"Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant" (Observer)
"It wreaks emotional havoc . . . To finish it with a firm resolve to be a better person - well, you can't ask much more of any book than that" (Independent)
"When the kids have finished with this, the adults will want to read it. Everybody should" (Financial Times)
"Awesome . . . So authentic you'll swear a kid wrote the book. And yes, that's a good thing" (Glamour)
Few first novels beget a franchise, but Palacio's Wonder (2012), about a boy with a severe facial deformity, is a phenomenon. A bestseller since publication, it has also spawned a standalone companion book, 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts (2014). But despite requests from readers for a sequel, Palacio writes in her introduction to this collection of three previously released e-singles, "I can guarantee that... the de facto sequel will never be written." Instead she offers the back stories of three kids in Auggie Pullman's orbit, beginning with the "much-loathed" Julian, who suffers from nightmares and anxiety. Julian's story is the most didactic, but it will have classroom use as an "anatomy of a bully" lesson, suggesting that readers look behind a mean-spirited act to understand what drives it. Readers also spend time with Christopher, Auggie's best friend until his family moved to Connecticut, and Charlotte, a classmate chosen to help Auggie transition from homeschooling to fifth grade. Readers who wanted more about Auggie will flock to this. Ages 8 12.