"I guess I just hope that Wonder inspires young readers to be more aware of their actions and their words, and to be kind to one another. It’s so hard to do that when you’re trying to fit in socially and be popular, I know—especially in middle school—but you’ll regret the bad moments later: the good friend you turned your back on; the mean thing you said to someone. Certainly if someone like Auggie, who’s been the object of so much cruel scrutiny for most of his life, can manage to show kindness and empathy for others, so can every other 10 year old kid, no?" R. J. Palacio
from : http://sharpread.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/r-j-palacio-interview/
About R. J. Palacio
I live in NYC with my husband, two sons, and two dogs. For many years, I was an art director and book jacket designer, designing covers for countless well-known and not so well-known writers in every genre of fiction and nonfiction. I always wanted to write, though. I kept waiting for the perfect time in my life to start writing, but after more than twenty years of designing book jackets for other people, I realized that the perfect time would never really present itself. It's never the perfect time to start writing a book. So I decided to just go for it. Wonder is my first novel. And no, I didn't design the cover, but I sure do love it.
Learn more about the author:
The Telegraph (UK)
Interview with RJ Palacio, author of Wonder
A new children's novel about a boy with a shocking facial disfigurement is tipped to be a word-of-mouth hit, and will reduce adult readers to tears.
NPR: Wonder: What It's Like To Have Kids Stare At YouHuffington Gay Post
Choose Kind: R.J. Palacio And Chip Kidd Discuss 'Wonder,' Fighting Bullying And More
The Guardian (UK)
RJ Palacio: 'I keep hearing about grown men weeping'
Hermione Hoby meets New York author RJ Palacio, whose book about a child with facial abnormalities is being hailed as a crossover classic.
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