Overview: In this free passage, we’re going to read about a child named AugustWonder Cover Art.png

Who is it for ? : People who want to improve their reading ability and vocabulary.

Skill level : Intermediate

Source : Book - Wonder by R. J Palacio

Read the passage below:

"I know I am not an ordinary 10 year old kid. I mean, sure I do ordinary things. I eat ice cream. I ride my bike. I play ball. I have an XBox. Stuff like that makes me ordinary I guess. And I feel ordinary inside. But I know ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds.

If I found a magic lamp and I could have one wish, I would wish that I had a normal face that no one ever noticed at all.

But I am kind of used to it by now. I know how to pretend I don't see the faces people make. We've all gotten pretty good at that sort of thing: me, mom, dad and my sister Via.

My name is August, by the way, I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you are thinking, it's probably worse.

Next week I start fifth grade. Since I've never been to a real school before, I am pretty much petrified. People think I haven't gone to a real school before because of the way I look, but that's not that. It's because of all the surgeries I had. Twenty-seven since I was born. "

Quiz: Answer the questions below based on the passage that you read:

1. What would the kid do if he found a magic lamp?


2. What is the kid’s name?


3. What is the sister’s name?


4. What grade will August go to?


5. Has August ever been to a real school?


6. What is the meaning of the word ‘petrified’ ?


7. Why has August never been to a real school before?


8. How old is August?


9. How many surgeries has August had since he was born?


10. Why do ordinary kids run away screaming?


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