Monday, 19 November 2012

Bullies, Wonder & A Giveaway

Today is the start of Anti-Bullying Week which runs in the UK from 19-23 November 2012. We Sat Down will be supporting the week with reviews of books where bullying is a central theme in the stories.

First up, is Wonder by RJ Palacio, our contribution to the new anti-bullying book club launched by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) and Random House Children’s Publishers.  Plus, there's a chance to win a copy of Wonder by RJ Palacio (see end of post). Wonder has been nominated for the Carnegie medal 2013.

Our reviews of Wonder:

Alice (12) was our nominated reader to review Wonder for the Anti-Bullying Alliance book club. Here are her overall thoughts:

The book is about a boy named August who has a deformed face, and what it feels like to be him. The book is told by different people in his life at different points in the story.

Favourite character
Summer because she made friends with August and was one of the first to do it.
10/10- an excellent read but it can get emotional in places.
Age rating
All ages!

Little M's thoughts:

Wonder is about a boy named August who has a mis-shaped face and is partly deaf. He starts high school without his astronaut helmet and without his mum. August got home-schooled after he was bullied in primary school.

I would recommend this book to everybody because it shows bullying in school and out of school but there are some kind people too. I think it is an easy read. I found that one of the chapters was different to all the others and I still wonder (wonder - ha!) why. This book is in We Sat Down's Top 20.

Here is a link to M's review of Wonder which was posted earlier this year.

Wonder - UK Giveaway
To win a copy of Wonder by RJ Palacio:
Leave a comment on this post
E-mail us: wesatdown2  @  gmail  .  com
with the subject line WONDER

1. This giveaway will close at 5pm on Friday 23 November 2012.
2. If you are younger than 13, please get your parent's/guardian's permission to enter.
3. A winner will be selected at random.
4. Winners will be contacted by e-mail for their UK postal address. Please make sure that your entry enables us to contact you.
5. This giveaway is sponsored by ABA and Random House Children's Publishers.



  1. I'm not in the UK so I'm not entering the giveaway, but I really think I must try this one again. I started it, but was afraid it would get too emotional! (probably not a good reason to have stopped!) :--)

    1. Oh sorry about the UK bit. Yes, give it another go. It is very emotional but it is also very uplifting. I think the use of the multiple narratives works very well in it by also giving sides of the story from people who actually see Auggie's face on a daily basis.

  2. I'm in the middle of Wonder. The bullying is interesting in this book - very subtle, but maybe that is the worst kind. It is a very fast book to read and I am glad I finally got to it. Only complaint - I can't stand the expression Cool Beans (my daughter used to used it in high school)

  3. We have been looking for a book that explores these themes and this sounds ideal. Thanks for the review!

    Year 6 at Otley All Saints Primary School
    via @robertsonpw

  4. This giveaway is now closed.


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