Wonder

Wonder

by

R. J. Palacio

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Jack Will Character Analysis

Jack is August’s best friend for much of the novel. He is one of the three kids that Mr. Tushman asks to lead August on a tour of Beecher Prep before the school year starts. Jack initially refuses, though he changes his mind when he observes his younger brother, Jamie, speaking cruelly about August. At the meeting, Jack stands up to Julian when Julian tries to intimidate August, and he also offers August some advice as to how to survive at school. Though Jack initially is only friends with August because Mr. Tushman asked him to be, he soon discovers that August is smart, funny, and very nice. Jack is caught between being popular and being unpopular solely because he's friends with August, which poses a number of problems for him. He participates in a cruel conversation with Julian about August with the hope of impressing Julian, unaware that August is listening in. When August is understandably cold and distant to him after this (though Jack is unaware of why), Jack marvels that he suddenly has what he always wanted—popularity—but he finds that he values his friendship with August far more than he actually wants to be popular. August forgives Jack after Jack punches Julian and gets suspended, which teaches Jack that though kindness and standing up for friends are always the right choices, they're not always easy. Jack is a good and admirable friend to August for the remainder of the novel and stands up for him against both bullies at Beecher Prep and the seventh-grade bullies at the class nature retreat. At their graduation ceremony, Jack expresses romantic interest in their friend Summer, suggesting that he's truly entering puberty by the end of the novel.

Jack Will Quotes in Wonder

The Wonder quotes below are all either spoken by Jack Will or refer to Jack Will. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Knopf edition of Wonder published in 2012.
August: Jack Will, Julian, and Charlotte Quotes

What's cool about really little kids is that they don't say stuff to try to hurt your feelings, even though sometimes they do say stuff that hurts your feelings. But they don't actually know what they're saying. Big kids, though: they know what they're saying.

Related Characters: August Pullman (speaker), Jack Will, Julian Albans, Charlotte
Page Number: 20
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August: Wake Me Up When September Ends Quotes

Hey, the truth is, if a Wookiee started going to the school all of a sudden, I'd be curious, I'd probably stare a bit! And if I was walking with Jack or Summer, I'd probably whisper to them: Hey, there's the Wookiee. And if the Wookiee caught me saying that, he'd know I wasn't trying to be mean.

Related Characters: August Pullman (speaker), Jack Will, Summer
Page Number: 62
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Via: Time to Think Quotes

"Okay, that's fair," I said. "But it's not a contest about whose days suck the most, Auggie. The point is we all have to put up with the bad days. Now, unless you want to be treated like a baby the rest of your life, or like a kid with special needs, you just have to suck it up and go."

Related Characters: Via Pullman  (speaker), August Pullman, Jack Will
Page Number: 115
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Jack: Carvel Quotes

"Jack, sometimes you don't have to mean to hurt someone to hurt someone. You understand?"

Related Characters: Veronica (speaker), August Pullman, Jack Will, Jamie
Page Number: 137
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Jack: Ex-Friends Quotes

And the truth is, though nobody's that obvious about it: nobody wants to hang out with him. Everyone's way too hung up on being in the popular group, and he's just as far from the popular group as you can get. But now I can hang out with anyone I want. If I wanted to be in the popular group, I could totally be in the popular group.

Related Characters: Jack Will (speaker), August Pullman, Julian Albans
Related Symbols: The Plague
Page Number: 145
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Jack: The War Quotes

Before she went out, she looked left and right outside the door to make sure no one saw her leaving. I guess even though she was neutral, she didn't want to be seen with me.

Related Characters: Jack Will (speaker), August Pullman, Julian Albans, Charlotte
Related Symbols: The Plague
Page Number: 173
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Justin: The Bus Stop Quotes

he seems too small to be walking around by himself, somehow. then i think how i was that young when i was taking the subway by myself. way too young. i'm going to be an overprotective dad someday, i know it. my kids are going to know i care.

Related Characters: Justin (speaker), Jack Will
Page Number: 197
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August: A Simple Thing Quotes

"Kinder than is necessary," he repeated. "What a marvelous line, isn't it? Kinder than is necessary. Because it's not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed. Why I love that line, that concept, is that it reminds me that we carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind, but the very choice of kindness."

Related Characters: Mr. Tushman (speaker), August Pullman, Jack Will
Page Number: 300
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August: Home (2) Quotes

"There are always going to be jerks in the world, Auggie," she said, looking at me. "But I really believe, and Daddy really believes, that there are more good people on this earth than bad people, and the good people watch out for each other and take care of each other. Just like Jack was there for you. And Amos. And those other kids."

Related Characters: Mom (speaker), Dad, Jack Will, Amos, Eddie
Page Number: 279
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Jack Will Character Timeline in Wonder

The timeline below shows where the character Jack Will appears in Wonder. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
August: Jack Will, Julian, and Charlotte
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...into his office. They don't look at August or Mom. Mr. Tushman introduces them as Jack Will, Julian, and Charlotte. Jack Will and Julian shake August's hand, but Charlotte only waves.... (full context)
August: The Grand Tour
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Nobody speaks as Jack Will, Charlotte, and Julian lead August up to the third floor of the school. Julian... (full context)
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...is, and Charlotte explains that it's just a class where the teacher takes attendance. As Jack Will walks away, August asks if his name is Jack or Jack Will. Jack explains... (full context)
August: The Performance Space
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...chatters about playing Oliver in the production of Oliver last year as she leads August, Jack, and Julian into the auditorium. As Charlotte talks, August notices Julian slyly staring at him.... (full context)
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...doubts that someone who isn't a real teacher like August's mom can effectively teach science. Jack suggests they go to the library, but Julian asks August why his hair is so... (full context)
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As August passes Jack, Jack looks August right in the eye. August looks back at him and smiles, though... (full context)
August: The Deal
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When August, Jack, Julian, and Charlotte get back to the office, Mrs. G asks if August liked the... (full context)
August: Home
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...asked if August was in a fire. Mom looks shocked. August tells her that both Jack and Charlotte stood up for him, but Mom apologizes and tells August that he doesn't... (full context)
August: Locks
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...they walk in. Nobody sits next to him, but Charlotte waves. Julian completely ignores August. Jack, however, sits right next to August and greets him warmly. Ms. Petosa waves the last... (full context)
August: Choose Kind
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...He doesn't look up as groups of kids come in, but he does notice that Jack sits next to him again. The teacher introduces himself as Mr. Browne and begins going... (full context)
August: Lunch
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...with them, so he chooses an empty table and sits by himself. He can't find Jack anywhere and can sense that people are staring at him. He's especially cognizant of a... (full context)
August: The Summer Table
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...there because his name reminds them of a reed of grass, and they think that Jack could sit there because they could use his name in a summery sentence, like "Jack... (full context)
August: Wake Me Up When September Ends
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...example, a Wookie started going to school, he'd probably stare and talk with Summer and Jack about it. Regardless, kids gradually get used to August, and by the end of the... (full context)
August: Jack Will
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August spends most of his classes with Jack. He's not sure if the teachers put them next to each other or if it's... (full context)
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Later, as they read in their textbooks, Jack asks August if he wants to beat up kids like that eighth grader. He suggests... (full context)
August: Apples
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...gets their feelings hurt. A few weeks later, Mom tells August who agreed to come. Jack is coming, along with Summer, Reid, the two Maxes, and maybe Charlotte. August wants to... (full context)
August: The Bleeding Scream
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...mummies suggest that August looks like an orc or a shrunken head. One mummy with Jack's voice says seriously that he'd kill himself if he looked like August, and Julian asks... (full context)
Via: Trick or Treat
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...something more going on, and August, close to tears, finally tells Via what he overheard Jack saying. Via soothingly says that Jack probably didn't mean it, but August won't be comforted.... (full context)
Via: Time to Think
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...convince him otherwise. August is happy at the thought that if the truth gets out, Jack would get in trouble, but he still insists he doesn't want to go back. Via... (full context)
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Angry, Via threatens to tell Mom and Dad about Jack if August stops going to school, saying that if Mr. Tushman finds out, he'll make... (full context)
Summer: November
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...admits that she would've stayed mad about August's accusation longer, but he tells her what Jack said on Halloween and swears her to secrecy. (full context)
Summer: The Egyptian Tomb
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...their moms around together and have a fantastic time. At one point, Summer runs into Jack. Jack asks why August is mad at him, and all Summer says is "Bleeding Scream." (full context)
Jack: The Call
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Jack begins his narration in August, when his mom gets a call from Mr. Tushman. Mr.... (full context)
Jack: Carvel
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Jack explains that he saw August for the first time when he was six. He was... (full context)
Jack: Why I Changed My Mind
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Later that night, Jack asks Jack's mom who else Mr. Tushman called. She says that he called Julian and... (full context)
Jack: Four Things
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Jack says that you do eventually get used to August's face, and that August is very... (full context)
Jack: Ex-Friends
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Jack has no idea what Summer's "Bleeding Scream" comment means. He explains that one day, he... (full context)
Jack: Snow
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...snows right before Thanksgiving, which means that Beecher Prep is closed for an extra day. Jack is bummed that August is ignoring him, so he's thrilled to have an extra day... (full context)
Jack: Fortune Favors the Bold
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...favors the bold.” He asks the class to write about a time they were brave. Jack thinks hard about the assignment and thinks that the bravest thing he did was become... (full context)
Jack: Private School
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Jack explains that his parents aren't rich, even though he goes to private school. Jack's dad... (full context)
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Julian throws out that Skeleton Hill is lame, and won't listen when Jack insists a kid broke their neck there. Julian says it's an Indian burial ground, and... (full context)
Jack: In Science
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Jack admits that he's not a great student. School isn't his favorite, and he especially hates... (full context)
Jack: Partners
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Jack checks out for the rest of science class and barely hears his teacher pair him... (full context)
Jack: Detention
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In Mr. Tushman's office, Jack sits and listens to Mr. Tushman talk about expulsion. Jack's mom is there too, looking... (full context)
Jack: Season's Greetings
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When Jack's mom and Jack get home, they find holiday cards from Julian's family and August's family... (full context)
Jack: Letters, Emails, Facebook, Texts
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Jack writes a letter to Mr. Tushman telling him that he knows that what he did... (full context)
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Jack's mom emails Julian's mom offering to pay for Julian's dental bills, but she also explains... (full context)
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Jack sends August a friend request on Facebook and also sends him an email apologizing for... (full context)
Jack: Back From Winter Break
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When Jack returns to school in January, all the boys ignore him. Even kids like Amos and... (full context)
Jack: The War
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At the end of the day, Jack finds a note from Charlotte in his locker asking him to come alone to room... (full context)
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Charlotte says that it's dumb, but Julian's trying to "help" Jack by cutting him off and making him feel lonely. He thinks that it'll make Jack... (full context)
Jack: Switching Tables
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At lunch the next day, Jack sits with Tristan, Nino, and Pablo, all of whom aren't popular but also don't play... (full context)
Jack: Why I Didn't Sit with August the First Day of School
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Jack admits that he's a hypocrite and didn't sit with August on the first day of... (full context)
Jack: Sides
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...at lunch, Summer pulls out a piece of paper with a list of who's on Jack's side, who's on Julian's side, and who's neutral. She explains that Charlotte made it for... (full context)
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...agrees but jokes that it's a shame with all the "babes" throwing themselves at him. Jack sprays milk out of his nose laughing. (full context)
Jack: August's House
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In the middle of January, August insists that he and Jack need to work on their science fair project. They go to August's house, even though... (full context)
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Via knocks on August's door and lets herself in. She's clearly not expecting to see Jack and when August introduces him, Jack can tell that Via heard about the Halloween incident... (full context)
Jack: The Boyfriend
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...a sharp end, and seems nervous. August mischievously asks if Justin is Via's boyfriend, and Jack asks if there's a gun in his case. Justin nervously explains that he plays the... (full context)
Justin: The Bus Stop
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As Justin and Via are kissing goodbye, Mom, August, and Jack come down the stairs. Mom pretends not to notice, but August and Jack giggle. Mom... (full context)
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After a minute, Justin watches three kids, two of whom look much older, tease Jack as Jack walks out of the store. Jack seems upset when he gets back to... (full context)
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After a few minutes, Justin realizes that the war is going on because Jack is friends with August. Justin tells Jack that middle school is awful, but it gets... (full context)
Justin: The Universe
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...entirely random—if it were, nobody would be cared for. He thinks that August's adoring parents, Jack's loyalty, and Miranda's adoration of August are proof that the universe cares for everyone. (full context)
August: North Pole
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August and Jack's potato lamp receives an A and is a hit at the science fair. Beecher Prep... (full context)
August: The Auggie Doll
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...a freak and an orc, but August refuses to report the notes. Summer, August, and Jack leave notes in Julian's locker, but theirs aren't mean. They make up a character named... (full context)
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...start to get sick of it. Amos even stops Julian from pouring pencil shavings into Jack's backpack. Finally, Julian starts spreading rumors that Jack hired a hit man to "get" him,... (full context)
August: The Woods Are Alive
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During the "boring part," Jack needs to go to the bathroom and takes August with him. They see a massive... (full context)
August: Alien
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August and Jack walk right into a group of strange kids. August realizes the group has firecrackers and... (full context)
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...going on. Amos calmly says that Mr. Tushman is waiting for them, so August helps Jack up and walks towards Amos. Eddie reaches out, grabs August's sweatshirt, and yanks August backwards.... (full context)
August: Voices in the Dark
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After what seems like forever, a voice yells that they lost the bullies. Amos, Jack, Henry, Miles, and August find each other in the dark, and August realizes that Henry... (full context)
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...become aware that his elbow is hurt and bleeding, and he tries not to cry. Jack notices that August's hearing aids are gone and suddenly, August starts crying uncontrollably. The guys... (full context)
August: The Emperor's Guard
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August, Jack, Amos, Miles, and Henry look for the hearing aids for ten minutes, but they have... (full context)
August: Sleep
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...and the story spread, all the way to the teachers. Mr. Tushman talked to Amos, Jack, Henry, and Miles about the boys that tried to attack them, but when he spoke... (full context)
August: The Drop-Off
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August and Dad see Jack approaching, so August starts to get out of the car. Dad confirms that he's forgiven... (full context)
August: Take Your Seats, Everyone
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At the auditorium, Mrs. G directs August and Jack to their staging area. Another teacher gets them in seats and soon, Summer arrives. She's... (full context)
August: Pictures
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...and other relatives to hug him. They start taking pictures, and Dad calls Summer and Jack over to take a group picture. August doesn't even think about his face as more... (full context)
August: Home (2)
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...tells her about how big the seventh graders were. He also tells Mom about how Jack and Amos stood up for him. (full context)
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...milk and while Mom whisks chocolate powder into milk, he tells her that he and Jack were in the woods because Jack had to use the bathroom and didn't want to... (full context)