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WONDER tells the story of Auggie Pullman: an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, whose first year at school changed the lives and the perspectives of everyone around him. AUGGIE & ME is a new side to the WONDER story: three new chapters from three different characters - bully Julian, oldest friend Christopher and classmate Charlotte - giving an insight into how Auggie WONDER tells the story of Auggie Pullman: an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, whose first year at school changed the lives and the perspectives of everyone around him. AUGGIE & ME is a new side to the WONDER story: three new chapters from three different characters - bully Julian, oldest friend Christopher and classmate Charlotte - giving an insight into how Auggie has touched their own lives. Thought-provoking, surprising, infuriating, heartbreaking and heartwarming, AUGGIE & ME is a must-read for the thousands of readers who loved WONDER.


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WONDER tells the story of Auggie Pullman: an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, whose first year at school changed the lives and the perspectives of everyone around him. AUGGIE & ME is a new side to the WONDER story: three new chapters from three different characters - bully Julian, oldest friend Christopher and classmate Charlotte - giving an insight into how Auggie WONDER tells the story of Auggie Pullman: an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, whose first year at school changed the lives and the perspectives of everyone around him. AUGGIE & ME is a new side to the WONDER story: three new chapters from three different characters - bully Julian, oldest friend Christopher and classmate Charlotte - giving an insight into how Auggie has touched their own lives. Thought-provoking, surprising, infuriating, heartbreaking and heartwarming, AUGGIE & ME is a must-read for the thousands of readers who loved WONDER.

30 review for Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    ♛ may

    Buddy read with my little bro! dnf @ 50% Try not to take the DNF as a symbol that I //didn’t// enjoying the book. It was more of just terrible planning on my little brother’s part (we had to send it back to the library ;-;). I had read Wonder about a year ago and was greatly surprised by its impact on me. Not personally knowing or having met anyone with a similar condition, the majority of the struggles Auggie faced were very foreign to me. Now going into this book, I had the background inform Buddy read with my little bro! dnf @ 50% Try not to take the DNF as a symbol that I //didn’t// enjoying the book. It was more of just terrible planning on my little brother’s part (we had to send it back to the library ;-;). I had read Wonder about a year ago and was greatly surprised by its impact on me. Not personally knowing or having met anyone with a similar condition, the majority of the struggles Auggie faced were very foreign to me. Now going into this book, I had the background information from Wonder but my little brother didn’t and he was still able to easily keep up with the plot. Besides propagating compassion and kindness like Wonder did, this three-story book delved a little deeper as we got to see Auggie from the perspectives of three other characters. Julian the bully. Pluto the best friend. Charlotte the classmate. Now because I wasn’t able to finish the entire book, I don’t even know what Charlotte’s story is about, so I can’t review that, but I actually found Julian’s story pretty insightful. Yeah, yeah, he’s the bully and by NO means do we forgive the bully kid bc of his home situation or anything like that, but it just shows you a personal side to the bully. (His mom is a butthead, let’s be real) Seeing the story from his eyes (even if they are totally biased) does add an extra dimension to the initial novel. The Pluto chapter I skimmed really quickly because Pluto PISSED. ME. OFF. This kid was so annoying and I’m sure he’s going to rectify his case in the remainder of the story but the way he treated his mom was just UGH. Besides that, I’d like to point out that I found the book juvenile. Yes, it’s concerning a very important message of acceptance and compassion but the writing is like ??? kids don’t say things like ‘cool beans’ anymore, sorry. This book wasn’t comparable to Wonder for me, but I’m glad I got to read it. I would have definitely enjoyed it more if the writing was more mature/normal. :p oops. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. —Ian Maclaren” 2.5 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Starjustin

    R.J. Palacio is the author of ‘Wonder’, a well know middle-grade book about a boy who was born with a facial disorder requiring several surgeries which still left him very much different looking from other children. He wishes to start public school and his journey begins. Augie & Me takes a look at the individual secondary characters and there reasons for their actions in ‘Wonder’. Not a sequel, however, a great addition that helps the reader understand their connection and importance to not only R.J. Palacio is the author of ‘Wonder’, a well know middle-grade book about a boy who was born with a facial disorder requiring several surgeries which still left him very much different looking from other children. He wishes to start public school and his journey begins. Augie & Me takes a look at the individual secondary characters and there reasons for their actions in ‘Wonder’. Not a sequel, however, a great addition that helps the reader understand their connection and importance to not only Augie but also their own feelings towards accepting differences and coming to terms with their own beliefs. If you read or have read ‘Wonder’ then you must read this one also to fully enjoy the entire scope of the story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kai

    “If we spend too much time looking backward, we can’t see where we are going!” Wonder was just amazing and I'm so so glad for those three additional chapters/stories. R. J. Palacio is a gemstone, honestly. Julian: Ah man he was such a dick. But at least his brain did that thing were it started thinking and comprehending and understanding how wrong his actions had been. It's not a big surprise though, seeing how spoiled and arrogant his parents behave. Which is why I'm glad that his grandmother had “If we spend too much time looking backward, we can’t see where we are going!” Wonder was just amazing and I'm so so glad for those three additional chapters/stories. R. J. Palacio is a gemstone, honestly. Julian: Ah man he was such a dick. But at least his brain did that thing were it started thinking and comprehending and understanding how wrong his actions had been. It's not a big surprise though, seeing how spoiled and arrogant his parents behave. Which is why I'm glad that his grandmother had a few things to say to this... Pluto: It was interesting to see a day out of Christopher's perspective, especially keeping in mind that he's barely mentioned in the novel. Shingaling: Definitely the best story of the book! Charlotte's life and motives made me really curious about her while reading Wonder. This chapter came closest to the genius that was Palacio's first novel, showing off her exceptional talent in capturing friendships and feelings. Again I can only nod my head in agreement and say "That's exactly how I felt in that similar situation!" Some episodes were less exciting than others. Some felt less realistic than others. Especially Julian's Grandmother - while her background was incredible and made me teary - didn't not seem authentic to me. Same applies Julian's parents. For me there was not enough character depth, and the realisation of their wrongdoing came too easily. I just really hope for more novels by Palacio and soon! She captures people and their feelings in a way that makes her writing feel incredibly real and truthful. Find more of my books on Instagram

  4. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    Just can't get enough of this world! Three novellas covering three characters from Wonder; the first story is narrated by Justin and is a masterclass in first person thoughts and narration of a bully. It's not too harsh, and neither is it apologetic, it just provides a very well thought out rationale and background to why Justin had so much issue with Auggie; there's also some WONDER-ful scenes with one of his relatives. 9.5 out of 12 The second story Pluto follows Christoper, Auggies lifelong fr Just can't get enough of this world! Three novellas covering three characters from Wonder; the first story is narrated by Justin and is a masterclass in first person thoughts and narration of a bully. It's not too harsh, and neither is it apologetic, it just provides a very well thought out rationale and background to why Justin had so much issue with Auggie; there's also some WONDER-ful scenes with one of his relatives. 9.5 out of 12 The second story Pluto follows Christoper, Auggies lifelong friend who's now moved away, in the past and in the present - not as great as the other tales, but alone in having the main focus of the story be very far from Auggie and more just about Christoper. 8.5 out of 12. The final story wraps up the book as we follow Charlotte's own story during the period covered by Wonder - more boss storytelling, heartwarming, kindness promotion entails. 9.5 out of 12. I've been really thinking what makes Palacio's writing so special, and i think it's because it focuses on kindness and doing good, about our individual responsibility to not do harm, and even more so to be kind, do good. Also, unlike virtually every other creator I've read/consumed, she absolutely nails the syntax, styles, tones, characterisations and relationships of middle-school aged kids. Another superb visit to the world of WONDER! 9 out of 12.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Dorothea

    4 out of 5 stars! ⭐️ I really loved this book. I have to say my favourite story was the one from Julian! Honestly, I would have never expected that. It really touched me profoundly. 😭 So here is what the children's novel is about: Auggie & Me gives readers a special look at Auggie’s world through three new points of view. These stories are an extra peek at Auggie before he started at Beecher Prep and during his first year there. Readers get to see him through the eyes of Julian, the bully; Ch 4 out of 5 stars! ⭐️ I really loved this book. I have to say my favourite story was the one from Julian! Honestly, I would have never expected that. It really touched me profoundly. 😭 So here is what the children's novel is about: Auggie & Me gives readers a special look at Auggie’s world through three new points of view. These stories are an extra peek at Auggie before he started at Beecher Prep and during his first year there. Readers get to see him through the eyes of Julian, the bully; Christopher, Auggie’s oldest friend; and Charlotte, Auggie’s new friend at school. Together, these three stories are a treasure for readers who don’t want to leave Auggie behind when they finish Wonder. Overall I’d say that it is such a great extension of the Wonder story. If you loved it as much as I did you should definitely read it. It’s definitely not as good as Wonder but it still helps to complete the story and gibes you another three points of view on Auggie’s situation. You’ll see some characters in a completely different light. Just a little side note: the English book actually has 378 pages, as the Summer story is quite long. “Julian Auguste Beaumier, born October 10, 1930.” ― R.J. Palacio, Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pinky

    “I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.” This book is the companion novel to Wonder. If you haven't heard about Wonder, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? SERIOUSLY! Anyway, it is a beautiful story that I believe everyone or almost everyone should read. I read it with my class two years ago and I enjoyed it so much. But if you have read Wonder, this book is small novellas of different people in Wonder and how their lives were “I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.” This book is the companion novel to Wonder. If you haven't heard about Wonder, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? SERIOUSLY! Anyway, it is a beautiful story that I believe everyone or almost everyone should read. I read it with my class two years ago and I enjoyed it so much. But if you have read Wonder, this book is small novellas of different people in Wonder and how their lives were affected by August. “Kinder than is necessary. Because it's not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.” If you haven't heard about the book Wonder, I'll tell you a small summary about it. It's about a boy named August who was home schooled for his entire life. August was born with a facial abnormality and had been through many surgeries. When he went to play in parks, so many people would stare at his face. But suddenly, August has to go to school, in front of a bunch of students and he doesn't know if they will accept him. So Wonder is basically his school experience and how he solves the problems that block his path. “Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” These novellas show us more about the characters Julian, Christopher and Charlotte. We learn how they dealt with situations and problems in school. And it was really interesting to read this and see how they all were affected differently. These characters were so different from each other and it was interesting to see how they would react to things. “Sometimes I think my head is so big because it is so full of dreams” When I read Wonder, I was so angry with Julian and we had an assignment of where we had to write a letter to him. I went back and read the letter from two years ago and I laughed so hard. I was just so angry at Julian and that letter expressed all my anger. Charlotte was a character that I really liked and Christopher was someone we got to learn a lot more about. I was so glad that this book came out! “It’s not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend.” I highly recommend you read Wonder, if you haven't already.. And if you have read Wonder, I highly recommend you read this book. You get more background knowledge of all of the side characters in Wonder and it is really fast-paced. You will enjoy it and learn so many life lessons! I hope you all read this!!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mariah Roze

    My goal was to read all the Wonder books before going and seeing the movie! The Julian Chapter: I read Wonder about two years ago, so when I found out that there were short stories that went with the book I had to read them. I was very impressed by the Julian chapter. I didn't think it would be as good as it was. I loved the story his grandmother shared and how it connected to him so well. Pluto: This "short book" is about Christopher, who was Auggie's best friend from the time they were babies unti My goal was to read all the Wonder books before going and seeing the movie! The Julian Chapter: I read Wonder about two years ago, so when I found out that there were short stories that went with the book I had to read them. I was very impressed by the Julian chapter. I didn't think it would be as good as it was. I loved the story his grandmother shared and how it connected to him so well. Pluto: This "short book" is about Christopher, who was Auggie's best friend from the time they were babies until his family moved away. Christopher was there through all of Auggie's surgeries and heartbreaks, through bad times and good. This book alternates between Christopher's childhood flashbacks and the present day. This was a really cute, fast read. The third Wonder "short" Story was Shingaling. The book was about Auggie's first year of school and what follows in the beginning of the next year through the perspective of reader-favorite Charlotte. This book barely circled and talked about Auggie (the book Wonder's main character). This book was truly about Charlotte and what was going on in her life.

  8. 5 out of 5

    James

    After having just finished reading and having been suitably impressed with 'Wonder' - I approached this companion piece (it's not a sequel) with some trepidation. The question was whether the three stories contained here (each told from the perspective of a character from 'Wonder' a who weren't really given their 'say' in 'Wonder') really added or even detracted from the original novel? To take each story individually: The Julian Chapter: Clearly the key to this story (and the other two to a lesser After having just finished reading and having been suitably impressed with 'Wonder' - I approached this companion piece (it's not a sequel) with some trepidation. The question was whether the three stories contained here (each told from the perspective of a character from 'Wonder' a who weren't really given their 'say' in 'Wonder') really added or even detracted from the original novel? To take each story individually: The Julian Chapter: Clearly the key to this story (and the other two to a lesser extent) is that there are always at least two sides to every story. Despite a fairly uninspiring start, this turned out to be a great story. Very strong, moving and thought provoking. Grandmere is a great character. 5 stars for this one. Pluto: Whilst being enjoyable, this didn't have the same drive as the first story and by comparison felt somewhat pedestrian. 3 stars for this one Shiny-A-Ling: Stronger than 'Pluto' but still lacking the drive and emotional impact of 'The Julian Chapter' 4 stars Overall then a 4 star rating for this collection of three stories. All three stories were good, but I do feel that the first one outshone and to an extent overshadowed the other two 4 stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bee

    I can see why these stories weren't included in Wonder, but I'm SO glad I read them. It took me a while to get into each story, but the author has an amazing talent of making you fall in love with every character she writes. I was so invested in all of them, it's hard to pick a favourite, but if I had to choose I would probably say Charlotte's, because I think ten year-old Bee could've learned a lot from the lessons in her story. I can see why these stories weren't included in Wonder, but I'm SO glad I read them. It took me a while to get into each story, but the author has an amazing talent of making you fall in love with every character she writes. I was so invested in all of them, it's hard to pick a favourite, but if I had to choose I would probably say Charlotte's, because I think ten year-old Bee could've learned a lot from the lessons in her story.

  10. 5 out of 5

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    Book #1.5 'The Julian Chapter' - 4.5 stars “Sometimes it’s good to start over.” - Julian --------- Book #1.6 'Pluto' - 4 stars “Being friends with Auggie could be hard sometimes. I didn’t know how to tell him that being friends with him could be hard for me sometimes, too.” - Christopher --------- Book #1.7 'Shingaling' - 4 stars “Every person’s story weaves in and out of someone else’s story.” - Charlotte Book #1.5 'The Julian Chapter' - 4.5 stars “Sometimes it’s good to start over.” - Julian --------- Book #1.6 'Pluto' - 4 stars “Being friends with Auggie could be hard sometimes. I didn’t know how to tell him that being friends with him could be hard for me sometimes, too.” - Christopher --------- Book #1.7 'Shingaling' - 4 stars “Every person’s story weaves in and out of someone else’s story.” - Charlotte

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    3.75 I really enjoyed this book but I don't think it is necessary to read if you have read wonder. I really loved charlottes story and I liked Julian's but I didn't really enjoy Christopher's. 3.75 I really enjoyed this book but I don't think it is necessary to read if you have read wonder. I really loved charlottes story and I liked Julian's but I didn't really enjoy Christopher's.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I'm going to come out with this straight away...IF you didn't enjoy Wonder then you probably shouldn't bother with this novel...IF you enjoyed Wonder and would like to know more about OTHER characters within the book then this may be the novel for you to pick up. The author blatantly states that there isn't going to be a squeal to Wonder but instead has given us a different opportunity to go into the mind of some other characters that were featured in the book and one not that much. So, don't go i I'm going to come out with this straight away...IF you didn't enjoy Wonder then you probably shouldn't bother with this novel...IF you enjoyed Wonder and would like to know more about OTHER characters within the book then this may be the novel for you to pick up. The author blatantly states that there isn't going to be a squeal to Wonder but instead has given us a different opportunity to go into the mind of some other characters that were featured in the book and one not that much. So, don't go into this book thinking you'll get to learn anymore about Auggie because you don't and won't. If you've read Wonder you'll see things kinda cross over or making reference to Wonder so things will make sense but that's pretty much it. I'd say the only real time we get any massive 'Auggie attention' is in the second Wonder story about Chris. I should mention that this book contains three books within one...It was cheaper on the Kindle to buy this one than all the books separately so you can see why I picked this one. I don't believe anything was changed between this version and the other 3 separate books. You get to learn about Julian and why he's so nasty to Auggie...Personally, I found this story to be the best..I think that's due to the fact it has more of a relation to the main story of Wonder than the other two stories. Julian in Wonder is a horrible little boy who seems to have nothing better but to be horrible towards Auggie. While I don't agree with his actions and how he treated Auggie I can now see why he was. I felt explaining his side of the story was a very smart move. The second story you learn about Auggie's oldest friend Christopher...He moved away from August ages ago and over time they lose contact. Chris faces a few hardships in his own life and honestly is a pretty bratty kid. He reminded me of some children I've seen in real life that make me wonder why their attitude is so rude. While Chris isn't an overall horrible child and he does have redeeming qualities..I don't even know if this story was really warranted because he is so far removed from Auggie in Wonder but I can see why he was included. The third and final story is about Charlotte, who we've already met in Wonder. She was one of the 'welcomers' to August. Her story has the least to do with August out of the three. He's mentioned in little snippets but it's easy to forget about August and think you were reading a completely different story all together. Charlotte's story is all about friendship dynamics in Middle School..Her story was the least interesting to me. Again, I think if they had of included something from one of the parents that may of been more interesting for me to read. So, overall this is an enjoyable read but it's nothing amazing like the original story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maddie

    All of these stories did so much to give you so much background to Wonder, they're so worth a read. Charlotte was such a lovely character and getting to read about what was going on with her was a really eye-opening and relatable look at middle school friendships. Julian's story was interesting too because he isn't a bully in everyone's eyes. I liked his development, but it really made me think about how hard it must be to be a parent sometimes! Loved it! All of these stories did so much to give you so much background to Wonder, they're so worth a read. Charlotte was such a lovely character and getting to read about what was going on with her was a really eye-opening and relatable look at middle school friendships. Julian's story was interesting too because he isn't a bully in everyone's eyes. I liked his development, but it really made me think about how hard it must be to be a parent sometimes! Loved it!

  14. 4 out of 5

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  15. 5 out of 5

    Kate Willis

    I was exploring the Walmart book section for the very first time when this book caught my eye and I knew I had to buy it. I loved Wonder so much that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to spend a little more time with Auggie Pullman and the people that fill his world. Since this is a collection of three short stories or supplemental chapters to Wonder, the plot isn’t as tight or compelling, but it is still definitely worth the read. The Julian Chapter (three stars) Julian is the main instigator o I was exploring the Walmart book section for the very first time when this book caught my eye and I knew I had to buy it. I loved Wonder so much that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to spend a little more time with Auggie Pullman and the people that fill his world. Since this is a collection of three short stories or supplemental chapters to Wonder, the plot isn’t as tight or compelling, but it is still definitely worth the read. The Julian Chapter (three stars) Julian is the main instigator of the bullying in Wonder, so this was honestly kinda hard to read. But it was really good to recognize where he was coming from and what he was thinking, even if it didn’t excuse his actions. I did feel a little bit sorry for him with his nightmares, but it made my blood boil to see his parents “helping” him in harmful ways by reframing the situation to excuse his acting out. It was really cool to see how Mr. Tushman and Mr. Browne worked with him, though. I ended up respecting them even more after seeing how they had tried to handle the bullying situation. And, yes, I totally cried at the story his Grandmere told him. How could I not? <3 Just a note, the bullying aspects from book one were heightened in this since it was from the bully’s point of view. There was one blasphemy and a use of the word “heck”. Julian’s Grandmere was also a bit loose in her morals. Best quote: “People were starving in those days, Julian. And yet they fed me. It was a kindness that I will never forget. It is always brave to be kind, but in those days, such kindnesses could cost you your life.” I have hope for Julian’s future, and, though the transformation may be a slow one, I think it’s gonna happen. Pluto (four stars) This was a neat one! I liked reading the flashbacks of little Auggie since Christopher is his oldest friend, and the hourly format of the story going throughout Christopher’s verrry long and kinda hard day was really cool. I actually found his story a bit like Via’s since his relationship with Auggie was sort of a given that was eventually tested by peer pressure and growing up. Christopher’s outlook at the beginning of the story was really negative (and a bit of a chore to read XD) but as things were put in perspective, I loved seeing him value those he loved and reach out to them. His interactions with Auggie in it were so cute. There was also a hint of his family relationships possibly healing and that was just the best. Just a note, there was one blasphemy and a bit of scatological humor. Also, some flagrant disrespect toward parents. Best quote: No matter how hard I stared at the problem, I just couldn’t think of what to do. (And can we talk about Pluto, please?) Shingaling (four stars) So, this one… Charlotte just kinda goes with the flow and tries to be kind without jeopardizing her social standing. For this reason, she really struggles to speak up, and that’s something I related to a lot. The message of this one--the beautiful, complicatedness of every person and the worth of each of them, was really great. I also loved the accurate portrayal of how friendships form, and the hint of a mystery was super cool. (And yay for the French spelling of Aimee! XD ) Just a note, there was some unpleasant school politics, bullying, and casual mentions of girl’s underwear. Best quote: But knowing that little piece of her story somehow made the dance and everything leading up to it that much more special. Funny how all our stories kind of intertwine. Every person’s story weaves in and out of someone else’s story. And I loved the mystery sideplot. A lot. Altogether, this was a great companion book to Wonder! Definitely worth the read. <3

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jabiz Raisdana

    I was nearly crying the whole time I read this out loud to my kids. This books picks up right where Wonder leaves off, but this time the plot revolves around the complex and tender lives of the other characters in this beautifully crafted universe of characters. We see how challenging growing up can be. Through the eyes of Julian, Christopher and Charlotte we are reminded to be kind and that friendships and families and school can be hard, but we all make it through somehow. If you read and love I was nearly crying the whole time I read this out loud to my kids. This books picks up right where Wonder leaves off, but this time the plot revolves around the complex and tender lives of the other characters in this beautifully crafted universe of characters. We see how challenging growing up can be. Through the eyes of Julian, Christopher and Charlotte we are reminded to be kind and that friendships and families and school can be hard, but we all make it through somehow. If you read and loved Wonder then get your hands on this next series of stories. (I have asked Ms. Dy to order copies for our classroom libraries, but don't wait- get to the store and build your own libraries too.) And if you haven't read Wonder yet....what are you waiting for?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Asha

    Don’t just be nice. Choose kind.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Astrid Lim

    This is a companion book (consisted of 3 stories) from Wonder - and it's still totally inspiring, beautiful and mesmerizing. We have a chance to see the different point of views from 3 people whose lives intersected with Auggie. There's Julian, the bully, Christopher, the old friend, and Charlotte, the goody two shoes. While Auggie struggled with his problems and issues in Wonder, these three people also had many things to deal with. Including Julian! Like Palacio said, she didn't try to justify This is a companion book (consisted of 3 stories) from Wonder - and it's still totally inspiring, beautiful and mesmerizing. We have a chance to see the different point of views from 3 people whose lives intersected with Auggie. There's Julian, the bully, Christopher, the old friend, and Charlotte, the goody two shoes. While Auggie struggled with his problems and issues in Wonder, these three people also had many things to deal with. Including Julian! Like Palacio said, she didn't try to justify what Julian did to Auggie, because it was still wrong. But at least she provided us with another point of view, and opened our eyes to the different side of the story. Recommended.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Evan Quade

    You may think this is a sequel, or just some extras to add in the Wonder universe. But R.J. Palacio was very clear she will not write a sequel whatsoever. In Auggie & Me, we get three new POV's from three characters from Wonder surrounding the story of August Pullman and what their inside thoughts have said. It is, once again, very emotional, so powerful, it gives us the reminder to choose kindness, and that's what it was all about, the influence of Choose Kind movement. The three novellas were a You may think this is a sequel, or just some extras to add in the Wonder universe. But R.J. Palacio was very clear she will not write a sequel whatsoever. In Auggie & Me, we get three new POV's from three characters from Wonder surrounding the story of August Pullman and what their inside thoughts have said. It is, once again, very emotional, so powerful, it gives us the reminder to choose kindness, and that's what it was all about, the influence of Choose Kind movement. The three novellas were all in with compassion, understanding, and redemption.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    A good book from different perspectives of main characters throughout Auggie's story. It gives others points of view as to how others were feeling as new friends, and fellow students of Auggie. A good book from different perspectives of main characters throughout Auggie's story. It gives others points of view as to how others were feeling as new friends, and fellow students of Auggie.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    It wasn't a great as Wonder but it's pretty close. I loved reading these stories. Even though Auggie doesn't appear often (or at all) it's great to get to know some of the Wonder characters more. It shows that everybody lives completely different lives. It wasn't a great as Wonder but it's pretty close. I loved reading these stories. Even though Auggie doesn't appear often (or at all) it's great to get to know some of the Wonder characters more. It shows that everybody lives completely different lives.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rizal

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book didnt make me bawling like a lunatic like Wonder did but I still felt moved by it. Definitely enjoyed reading this. We cant just be friends when it's convenient. Good friendship are worth a little extra! This book didnt make me bawling like a lunatic like Wonder did but I still felt moved by it. Definitely enjoyed reading this. We cant just be friends when it's convenient. Good friendship are worth a little extra!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    This was so cute! Auggie and Me had such sweet little novellas! After reading all about Auggie, and then watching him, I was really excited by the novellas for this series. I'm not going to lie, I was hesitant to read about other people but since they were short books I was going to dive into them no matter what. First off, I loved Julian's part! It was perfectly cute and such a fun one to read. Plus his grandmother was beyond adorable and I wanted more of that and them. Then there's Christopher, This was so cute! Auggie and Me had such sweet little novellas! After reading all about Auggie, and then watching him, I was really excited by the novellas for this series. I'm not going to lie, I was hesitant to read about other people but since they were short books I was going to dive into them no matter what. First off, I loved Julian's part! It was perfectly cute and such a fun one to read. Plus his grandmother was beyond adorable and I wanted more of that and them. Then there's Christopher, and I also wanted more from that one too! It was honestly super fascinating to see him and Auggie while he was going through all his surgeries to where they are now. Ugh, I loved the flashbacks and thought this could've been longer!! Last, but not least, is Charlotte's story. Yes, it follows Auggie's first year of school as well but I was more interested in her life and what she was doing. Overall, I am super happy I dove into this!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aadivah

    The Julian Chapter Julian was the only unredeemed character left at the end of Wonder. While he was not the only bully in the situation, he definitely initiated most of the mean stuff done to Auggie. He came up with a game called 'The Plague' in which anyone who comes into physical contact with Auggie has to wash their hands quickly or else they die. He talked about Auggie and made gestures behind his back, sometimes even to his face. He even wrote mean notes and left them in Auggie and Jac The Julian Chapter Julian was the only unredeemed character left at the end of Wonder. While he was not the only bully in the situation, he definitely initiated most of the mean stuff done to Auggie. He came up with a game called 'The Plague' in which anyone who comes into physical contact with Auggie has to wash their hands quickly or else they die. He talked about Auggie and made gestures behind his back, sometimes even to his face. He even wrote mean notes and left them in Auggie and Jack's lockers. You know, some of the bad stuff, the stupid stuff, kids do when they feel threatened. When they feel iced out. Julian was portrayed as 'the villain' of the story. While reading The Julian Chapter, I found it very hard to keep on disliking Julian. In fact, I didn't really dislike him in the first place. Let me explain. By the way Julian was described in Wonder, I just instantly knew that he was the stereotypical rich kid who got away with everything, who didn't feel bad about his actions because he was never punished for anything. Julian is the product of his environment. He has a mother who babies him and constantly makes excuses for him. She's the mother who is involved in everything that goes on in the school and thinks that her kid should be put on a pedestal because of all the time and money she shells out. Even though it's not expressly stated, I get the feeling that his father wasn't around very much, that he was the workaholic father. It seems like because of all this, Julian became a very self absorbed character. He just couldn't think of anything but himself or anything that didn't directly affect him. Julian was also dealing with some anxiety issues, though he doesn't like to call it that. He had nightmares when he saw scary things including but not limited to zombies, Voldemort's face and eventually Auggie's face. I feel like I'm just making more excuses for him but I just really think that had he been raised differently and gotten the psychological help he needed, all of this would not have happened. But the story needed a villain and even though I feel about Julian the way I do, I wouldn't change his character in Wonder. That's because in The Julian Chapter, we get to see how Julian actually gets in trouble for what he did to Auggie, mainly the note writing. We get to see how he is impacted by this confrontation, how he's seemingly unable to feel remorse for his actions. And most importantly, we get to see if Julian really does have a chance for redemption. Pluto Pluto is the story of Auggie's oldest friend, Christopher. They've been friends practically since they were born. Chris had moved away a few years prior to the events that began in Wonder. This story alternated between the present day, what is decidedly a bad day for Chris, and flashbacks of him and Auggie when they were little and also coincides with some of the events in Wonder. We are treated to this little kid's experiences between the ages of 4 to 6 in the flashbacks, of what it's like to be friends with a child with a craniofacial difference. It's not all sunshine and roses. We get to see little kids reacting to Auggie when they see him for the first time. We get to see their friendship tested since they live far from each other and cannot communicate much. And we also get to see something similar to what happened with Via, Chris is beginning to realize that not everyone sees Auggie the way he does and maybe, just maybe he is better off not being friends with Auggie. But we learn one very important thing: Good friendships are worth a little extra effort. All of these feelings are going through Chris' head while he goes through a day where just about everything goes wrong. You see, Chris is forgetful, so when he forgets a science paper he has to turn in during first period or else he loses points, his trombone he was supposed to lend a classmate to practice with and his gym shorts he can't do gym without, he starts to panic. There is no time to go back home to get his stuff since he's already late for school so he asks his mother to bring him everything during first period. But she doesn't show up. She doesn't answer her phone. Chris is riding a rollercoaster of emotions because he believes his mother abandoned him to help the Pullman's instead. This story didn't interest me as much as The Julian Chapter since Chris was a very minor character in Wonder and was only mentioned. I did however really enjoy the flashbacks to when he and Auggie were younger. Chris isn't a controversial or complex character like Julian but it was still worth the read to see Christopher try to overcome his struggles on one of the worst days possible. Shingaling Before the beginning of the school year, Mr. Tushman (the middle school director), asked 3 kids to be welcome buddies to Auggie. Julian, Jack Will and Charlotte. Julian became the antagonist, Jack Will became Auggie's best friend and Charlotte, well, we don't really get much insight into Charlotte's year aside for the fact that she was just nice to Auggie in passing. In Shingaling, we go through Charlotte's year at school. We get to see just how busy Charlotte was between academics, preparing for her dance recital (with Summer and Ximena), a quest to search for a blind and possibly homeless man who just disappeared one day and trying to get the popular kids (Ximena and Savannah) to notice her and accept her into their group. I've seen a lot of tv shows/movies and read some books that put a lot of emphasis on your middle school years. If you're not popular in middle school, you won't ever be popular in your life. (Which, to me, is a very stupid concept that kids are learning. Who cares about popularity anyway?) Anyway, Summer is in this story for a large part as she was a part of the recital also. As with Wonder, there is an overall theme of friendship, of making new friends, sometimes with people you don't expect to be friends with. (Like the girl who is friends with 'the freak'. Like the mean popular girl.) There is some struggle with knowing how people perceive you to be and not wanting to be perceived that way. There is also the quest to find this nice man with his seeing eye dog who just disappeared. Then there are giant games of dots and tiring dance rehearsals. This was definitely a cute and much needed addition to the world of Wonder where we get to see the journey of other kids who you would think were without a problem, major or minor, during the school year.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lexy

    I thought that this book was good

  26. 4 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    I think I enjoyed AUGGIE & ME more than I did the original WONDER. In this companion book R.J. Palacio explores three minor characters from WONDER, Christopher, Auggie’s childhood friend, Julian the bully and Charlotte, the nice-enough girl who didn’t like the teasing, but never stepped up. Nothing about Julian is likable or sympathetic and after meeting his parents, readers know why. He doesn’t feel badly for bullying Auggie and sees himself as a victim, until his grandmother shares a story abou I think I enjoyed AUGGIE & ME more than I did the original WONDER. In this companion book R.J. Palacio explores three minor characters from WONDER, Christopher, Auggie’s childhood friend, Julian the bully and Charlotte, the nice-enough girl who didn’t like the teasing, but never stepped up. Nothing about Julian is likable or sympathetic and after meeting his parents, readers know why. He doesn’t feel badly for bullying Auggie and sees himself as a victim, until his grandmother shares a story about a boy named Julian from her youth whose family hid her from the Nazis. Christopher and Auggie are friends since birth, but as the boys get older, Christopher learns being Auggie’s friend is not easy due to the boy’s medical needs and facial anomalies. Christopher’s story is how the boys grow apart and together. Charlotte’s story intrigued me. During WONDER, I wanted her to step up and do more, the way Summer did. But Charlotte wants everyone to like her. She wants to be a nice girl, but also wants to be popular. She learns the difference between nice and kind, stepping outside her comfort zone. Palacio doesn’t want to continue Auggie’s story, which she feels is complete. She’s right, but I still want more. AUGGIE & ME is a must read for everyone who fell in love with WONDER.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sanya Sajin

    This book has easily made its way into my favorites. It's not like its very thrilling, got lots of suspense or twists. It's just a very heartwarming book, that I found easy to relate too. R. J. Palacio writes about middle school friendships so accurately, its hard for me to sometimes believe that she's an adult, and not a kid like me who goes to school! The stories she wrote in this book about friendship, self- discovery and valuing the things you have just.... touched my heart. I just can't find This book has easily made its way into my favorites. It's not like its very thrilling, got lots of suspense or twists. It's just a very heartwarming book, that I found easy to relate too. R. J. Palacio writes about middle school friendships so accurately, its hard for me to sometimes believe that she's an adult, and not a kid like me who goes to school! The stories she wrote in this book about friendship, self- discovery and valuing the things you have just.... touched my heart. I just can't find the words to express exactly how this book influenced me, so you're going to have to make do with this review. If you love those kind of books that touch your heart and really make you feel good about the world, drop whatever you're doing and read Auggie and Me!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marie the Librarian

    These stories are really wonderful! I loved them all and how we get to know a little bit more about the kids around Auggie. Every story moved me. These kids are precious and I love this book and Palacio's writing!! These stories are really wonderful! I loved them all and how we get to know a little bit more about the kids around Auggie. Every story moved me. These kids are precious and I love this book and Palacio's writing!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Spriya

    A gorgeous retelling of Wonder from three side characters- all about friendship- and I enjoyed all three.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Drosenblum

    Change effects everyone differently When a new student joins Beecher Prep, everything changes. August Matthew Pullman, is a ten year old who feels ordinary but has a face far from ordinary. Auggie was born with severe facial deformity and rarely walks outside without scaring someone or seeing people staring at him from the corner of their eye. He is one of the most lovable, warm-hearted, engaging characters that readers immediately fall in love with as they read this intriguing fascinating story. Change effects everyone differently When a new student joins Beecher Prep, everything changes. August Matthew Pullman, is a ten year old who feels ordinary but has a face far from ordinary. Auggie was born with severe facial deformity and rarely walks outside without scaring someone or seeing people staring at him from the corner of their eye. He is one of the most lovable, warm-hearted, engaging characters that readers immediately fall in love with as they read this intriguing fascinating story. The book Auggie and Me by R.J. Palacio, consists of three different stories told in the perspectives of Julian, someone who has not gotten along with Auggie in the past. Christopher, who has known Auggie for his whole life. The last chapter told by Charlotte, Auggie’s new friend at school. Julian Albans is a controversial and inconsiderate character. From the beginning, it was clear Julian and Auggie would not be friends. He gave him dirty looks as much as possible, pretended he had a plague, and continues to think of ways to make Auggie’s school transfer from being home schooled to a real school harder. Julian takes a trip to Paris where he is told a story similar to the relationship he has with Auggie which makes him think. Will Julian and Auggie ever make amends with each other or will their feuding continue? Christopher is Auggie’s oldest friend. They have gone through so much together from surgeries to parties. They talk about memories and the meaning of their friendship. Christopher talks about how he used to not think much about his facial deformity but as he got older, he started to realize how hard it was to be his friend. When something goes wrong for Christopher and his family, the two come together and notice that a little extra effort and understanding goes a long way. Charlotte is one of the three people chosen to show Auggie around their school. This kind, selfless girl juggles school, dance, and friendship throughout her chapter. The typical middle school topic, “popularity”, is part of her story when she makes new unexpected friends at dance. "It's not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend." Charlotte says in the first book, Wonder by R.J. Palacio. “Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” is a quote in the first book, Wonder. Will Julian feel the regret everyone wants him to feel about being mean to Auggie? Will Christopher and Auggie come together again and realize the importance of their friendship, especially when things are hard? Will Charlotte stay true to herself even with new friendships and more responsibility to take on? This eye opening, thought provoking book gives us insight on how three characters feel about Auggie. This book is full of heartbreak, happiness, and feeling. You won’t be able to put the book down once you pick it up! Palacio, R. J. Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories. New York: Borzoi, 2015. Print.

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