R.J. Palacio

R.J. Palacio took the children’s literature world by storm with the publication of her debut novel, Wonder, a #1 New York Times bestseller that has sold over 1 million copies in North America. All who read it are determined to embrace the book’s theme of choosing kindness in their own lives. In 2012, #1 New York Times bestselling author R.J. Palacio became one of the most in-demand authors in children’s literature after the release of her debut novel, Wonder. Praised by the New York Times as “rich and memorable,” the book was hailed as an instant classic upon its publication and has maintained its popularity since then. Lionsgate adapted Wonder into a film starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay currently in theaters.

R.J. Palacio was an art director and graphic designer for more than 20 years, while waiting for the perfect time to start writing her own novel. When she had a chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store, she realized the time had come to tell Auggie’s story. Wonder has been the recipient of numerous starred reviews, awards, and accolades, including several “Best of 2012” lists. Palacio continues to travel the country speaking about the novel that has inspired countless children, educators, and families. Over 100 schools and communities have chosen Wonder for their One Book, One Read programs, including citywide reads in Santa Monica, CA; Fairfield, CT; Memphis, TN; Naperville, IL; and others.

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