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Wonder by RJ Palacio, reviewed by Simon Mason

Palacio has a great ear for dialogue, a sharp eye for detail and an instinctive sense of comedy. All this makes her an expert chronicler of ordinariness - and this, paradoxically, is what makes her story of an extraordinary boy so wonderful.

There is didacticism - perhaps inevitable - popping up in the quotations that open the sections and in the "precepts" of Mr Browne, the popular English teacher ("Your deeds are your monuments"), but it is done with a light touch. Wonder certainly delivers what it promises - an emotional roller-coaster ride in which tears, laughter and triumphant fist-pumping are mandatory. But it is better than that. In its assured simplicity and boldness (reminiscent - it seemed to me - of To Kill a Mockingbird), it also has the power to move hearts and change minds. SIMON MASON

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