'Wonder' by R.J. Palacio

Book Club Discussion Questions

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Knopf

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is juvenile fiction, written with a target audience of 8 to 13 year olds. Consequently, most of the author and publisher's resources are directed toward discussing the books with children or young adults. My book club, however, found Wonder to be a great read for adults and it was a book that fostered a lively discussion. These questions are written with adult book clubs in mind, to help you work through this rich book.

Spoiler Warning: These questions contain important details from Wonder. Finish the book before reading on.

  1. Did you like the way R.J. Palacio told the story from alternating viewpoints? Why or why not?
  2. What parts of the story made you particularly sad?
  3. What parts of the story were funny or made you laugh?
  4. Which characters did you relate to? What kind of middle schooler were you? How are you now?
  5. If you have kids, did you find yourself feeling parental feelings toward Auggie -- anger toward other kids, a sadness that he couldn't be protected, etc. Which passages evoked the most parental emotions from you?(Example: when Auggie and his mom come home from meeting Jack, Julian, and Charlotte before school starts, Auggie tells his mom that Julian said, "What's the deal with your face?" He says, "Mom didn't say anything. When I looked up at her, I could tell she was completely shocked" (34).
  6. Which passages reminded you of your own youth?
  1. All year the students learn "Mr. Browne's Precepts" and then write their own over the summer. What did you think of these? Do you have your own?
  2. Did you think it was realistic that Amos, Miles, and Henry would defend Auggie against the bullies from another school?
  3. Did you like the ending?
  4. Rate Wonder on a scale of 1 to 5.