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How ‘Wonder’ Became a Box-Office Hit

By Ben Fritz
The Wall Street Journal, December 6, 2017

Wonder,’ about a 10-year-old with cranio-facial differences, is on track to be the year’s third-highest grossing original live-action movie

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Jacob Tremblay Shares His No. 1 Tip For Kids Who Have Been Bullied

By Alessia Santoro
Popsugar December 3, 2017

Eleven-year-old Jacob Tremblay is a literal onscreen wonder in the film version of R.J. Palacio's New York Times bestseller, Wonder, but as it turns out, he's pretty spectacular off screen as well. In a recent interview with Jacob, the young actor told POPSUGAR how he got into his role as Auggie Pullman, a boy with facial differences who starts going to mainstream school in fifth grade after being homeschooled, why he's so excited to spread the film's message to "Choose Kind," and his best tip for dealing with bullies.


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13 Addictive Books With A Cult Following On Amazon

By Lindsay E. Mack
Romper, December 4, 2017

Born with a distinct facial deformity, the character August Pullman wants to be treated like any other kid. But as he and his community learn, some people were born to stand out. This charming kid's book has inspired a 4.9 average review on Amazon, with over 11,000 people voicing their love for the story.

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Common Sense Media 2017 Holiday Movie Guide for Kids

By Frannie Ucciferri 
Common Sense Media, October 22, 2017 

The wait is finally over for some of the most exciting and anticipated movies of the year: We're talking Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, and more! Maybe your kids already have their lightsabers ready for Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi. Or maybe they're dying to see the movie version of their favorite book, Wonder. 

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The 19 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners For 2017 Are Here & 15 Of The Winning Books Are Written By Women

Bustle, December 5, 2017

I look forward to the annual Goodreads Choice Awards every year. As an avid reader and member of the wider bookish community, it's fascinating to see what books across 19 different genres made the biggest impact on readers in a year. And when it comes to the Goodreads Choice Awards 2017 winners, it is gratifying to see just how many of those impactful books have been written by women—a whopping 15, in fact. 

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The 19 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners For 2017 Are…

Medium, December 5, 2017

Picture books - 
We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio
Winner 24,470 votes

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Why ‘Wonder,’ the Movie, Can’t Best the Book It’s Based On

By Maria Russo
The New York Times, November 24, 2017

Like most people who love the best-selling book “Wonder,” I’ve been thrilled by the success of the movie version.


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Real-Life Wonder Kids Talk About Their Lives and How They 'Shake Off' Bullying

By Jason Duaine Hahn 
People, November 20, 2017 03:38 PM

The new movie, Wonder, starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, follows a young boy named August Pullman who was born with facial differences (author R.J. Palacio has said his condition is based on the genetic disorder Treacher Collins). The film is shining a spotlight on the hardships people endure when they have a condition that disfigures their appearance.

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20 Books Everyone Should Read In Their 40s

By Talia Lakritz  
Insider, November 20, 2017, 2:36 PM

These books are worth reading at any age — especially middle age.

-Great memoirs for middle age include "Eat Pray Love," "Wild," and "The Rainbow Comes and Goes.
-"Books like "In Our Prime," "Shameless," and "Life -Reimagined" show that there are plenty of adventures to be had in your 40s.
-Novels like "The Kite Runner," "The Time Traveler's Wife," and "Wonder" are meaningful at any age.

Read Article >

The Power of Wonder

Good Housekeeping, Dec 2017

How do you treat people who are different from you? That’s the question at the heart of the book Wonder, now a film starring Julia Roberts as the mother of a boy with a face that shocks everyone who sees him.

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5 Reasons Why The Julia Roberts & Owen Wilson Starrer ‘Wonder’ Is A Must Watch!

By Shreemi Verma
Miss Malini, November 29, 2017

Wonder is one of this year’s best reviewed movies. Starring superstars Julia RobertsOwen Wilson and the breakout star of 2015’s Oscar winning movie Room – Jacob TremblayWonder is based on a novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio. Here are 5 reasons you should definitely check it out –

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The Top 10 Books on Apple's iBooks-US

By Associated Press
Billings Gazette, Nov 28, 2017

iBook charts for week ending November 26, 2017 (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher)

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R.J. Palacio's 'Wonder' is an important lesson in the power of kindness

By MJ Franklin
Mashable, November 27, 2017

The first thing you'll notice about author R.J. Palacio is her incredible optimism.

Even while talking about school bullying, the author refuses to believe that children are inherently mean.

“I feel like kids really do want to do good, they want to be their best selves, and sometimes they don’t know how to do that. There’s never a kid who’s irredeemable,” she says.

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Review: ‘Wonder’ reminds viewers about value of kindness

By Kristina Valdez
Baylor Lariat, November 27, 2017

I know the baby blue cover of R. J. Palacio’s novel “Wonder” by heart; the book has sat in my brother’s room since he bought it from a school book fair in 2012. When the movie was released on Nov. 17, it wasn’t long before we were sitting in the theater with a bowl of popcorn.

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‘Wonder’ movie gives girls with rare condition hope

By Jeneé Osterheldt
Rep-am.com, November 27, 2017

Makayla Hainline has been waiting for a movie like “Wonder.”

It’s the tale of Auggie Pullman, a 10-year-old boy who loves “Star Wars,” Halloween and science. He also has Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare genetic condition affecting the way the face develops.


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Through 'Wonder' The Power to Imagine

By Maria Russo
The New York Times, November 27, 2017

There is more to the tale than meets the eye in the film version of R.J. Palacio’s novel. 

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County Middle Schools Make “Wonder” Film a Learning Opportunity

By Josh Mandell
Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 20, 2017 at 9:30 p.m

Albemarle County middle school students are flooding local movie theaters this week to see a new film about bullying, and how it can be prevented.

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Greendale Students Are Learning to 'Choose Kind' Through the Book and New Movie 'Wonder'

By Tiffany Stoiber, Now News Group
jsonline.com, November 20, 2017

GREENDALE - When presented with the option, Greendale students are choosing "kind." 

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The mighty ‘Justice League’ stumbles as an overachieving ‘Wonder’ soars

By Ryan Painter
FOX Kansas, Nov 19, 2017

Based on R. J. Palacio’s novel, “Wonder” tells the story of a young boy with a facial deformity who attends public school for the first time. Most predictions had the film finishing the weekend in the area of $15 million.

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'Wonder' is real life for these two families

By Jacqueline Howard
CNN, Nov 19, 2017

Although Auggie's face and everyday experiences are imaginary, the lives of the some 600,000 individuals who have been diagnosed with a craniofacial condition in the United States are very much real -- and 7-year-old Shane Vysocky and 13-year-old Emily Merrill are among them. 

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Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson make this a 'Wonder' to behold

By Colin Covert
Start Tribune Nov 18, 2017

Powerful portrayals of deep characters elevate this illness drama far beyond its genre's clichés. 

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Review: 'Wonder' is a reminder that goodness triumphs

By Andrea Mandell
USA TODAY Nov 17, 2017

Faith — at least faith in the power of goodness triumphing in the face of casual cruelty — is Wonder’s fiber. And for 113 minutes, it sure feels good to believe.

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‘Justice League’ a Disappointing No. 1 as ‘Wonder’ Surprises

By Brooks Barnes
The New York Times, Nov 19, 2017

“Earnest emotions can be easily mocked, but they penetrate deep,” Erik Feig, co-president of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said in an email. “I think people feel besieged and uncertain about the world — wondering what is really in the hearts of their neighbors — and this movie shows that there is much goodness in most of us.”

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Different in An Indifferent Worls

Time, Nov 17

Partway through Wonder, fifth-grader Auggie Pullman finds himself seated across from a new friend in the school cafeteria. “Have you ever thought about getting plastic surgery”, the friend asks.


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The World of Wonder

By Kevin P. Sullivan
Entertainment Weekly, November 17, 2017

How Julia Roberts and director Stephen Chbosky turned an award-winning young-adult book into a gentle gem about the power of kindness and family. Take that, Hollywood. 

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A sense of ‘Wonder’: What it took to bring the best-selling book to the big screen

By Ed Symkus 
The Boston Globe, Nov 10, 2017

The big breaks for filmmaker Stephen Chbosky and novelist R.J. Palacio came at roughly the same time. The year 2012 saw publication of Palacio’s first book, “Wonder,” and release of the film “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” which Chbosky directed and wrote, based on his own novel.

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Lionsgate Second-Quarter Earnings Beat Estimates

By Etan Vlessing
The Hollywood Reporter, Nov 9, 2017

Wonder, Stephen Chbosky's adaptation of the R.J. Palacio novel, is led by Julia Roberts and Room breakout Jacob Tremblay.

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Domtar Donates Books to Martha Rawls Smith Elementary Students

By WSAV Staff
WSAV, November 7, 2017, 1:02 pm


JESUP, Ga. (WSAV) – Fifth graders at Martha Rawls Smith Elementary School received a special gift today.

All 80 students were given a copy of the novel “Wonder,” by R.J. Palacio as a part of Domtar Corporation’s Powerful Pages campaign with First Book.

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The Author of "Wonder" (Soon to Be a Movie!) Answers Questions From a 5th Grade Class

By Lindsey Benoit
Good HouseKeeping, Nov 17, 2017

R.J. Palacio, the best-selling author of Wonder, breaks down the inspiration behind it — and how she really feels about collaborating with Hollywood.

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WATCH: 'Wonder' - Official Trailer – #ChooseKind – starring Julia Roberts & Owen Wilson

November 7, 2017

Based on the New York Times bestseller, "Wonder" tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

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Julia Roberts Strives For “Nicer Approach” With ‘Wonder’ Reminders

 By Greg Srisavasdi
Hollywood Outbreak , Nov 7, 2017

“I just thought it had an incredible scope of characters and their points of view and their compassion,” said Roberts. “I loved it.

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R.J. Palacio, Jenifer Lewis and More

By Jill Adams 
People TV, Nov 07, 2017

Wonder author R.J. Palacio, The Revolution of Marina M author Janet Fitch, and Blackish star Jenifer Lewis are some of the guests who stop by on this all-female edition of Shelf Life.

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Libertyville youth speaks as part of Choose Kind

By Steve Hoffman 
Journal Republican, Nov 07, 2017

“It changed my life because it gave me a hero to look up to,” said Dankelson of the book authored by R.J. Palacio. “The best thing about ‘Wonder’ being popular is it has brought positive attention to those with facial differences.

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11 Quotes From 'Wonder' By R.J. Palacio To Remind You Why This Is Such A Beloved Childhood Story

By Kerri Jarema 
Bustle, Nov 06, 2017

If you haven't yet read Wonder (and seriously, what have you been doing?!) check out the 11 beautiful quotes from the book below. You'll definitely want to pick it up, and check out the film, when you're done.

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Julia Roberts Opens Up About Raising Teenagers

November 1, 2017

After sitting out the movie business for more than a year, Roberts—also a face of Lancôme—now has a new film, Wonder (based on the best-selling YA novel by R.J. Palacio), in which she plays Isabel, the mother of a little boy (Room’s Jacob Tremblay) with a severe facial deformity

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Teaching Civility in a Not-So-Civil World

By Jennifer Kantor
New Jersey Family, November 1, 2017

How to nurture respect and compassion during divisive political times.

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Centennial students see prerelease screening of 'Wonder'

Times Online, October 31, 2017

Heidi Scalf's fourth-grade students at Centennial School in Streator have been reading and discussing the book "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio. The school received a grant for 12 copies of the book from the Children's Craniofacial Association, as well as a discounted rate on buying others.

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Awards Shows, Specials and Day of Grey’s Lead ABC’s November Sweeps Schedule!

By Sheldon Wiebe
Eclipse Magazine, Oct 31, 2017

The incredible journey of a family with a boy born with a rare facial condition, a real-life version of the main character in R.J. Palacio’s best-selling novel Wonder.

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American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association Hosts ‘Wonder’ Screening Event in Durham November 19

Oct 30, 2017 

The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is hosting a special screening event for the major motion picture Wonder on November 19 at Southpoint AMC Theater in Durham. The festivities will begin at 2:30 p.m. with refreshments, followed by a brief program and feature film screening.

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18 Movies Worth the Haul to the Multiplex in November 2017

True Viral News, Oct 25, 2017

The end of the year always means tons of great big-screen releases. However, this November, cinephiles can expect to feel just about overwhelmed, as there are nearly twenty new selections worthy of their time and attention.

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Fall Reading List: 43 Books to Read Before They're Movies

By Shannon Vestal Robson
PopSugar, October 24, 2017

Of the many movies coming out this Fall, lots of them are based on books, proving once again that Hollywood's best material comes from the page. There are always a ton of great books in the process of being adapted, so for the new season upon us, we have a brand-new reading list with titles that are becoming movies very soon or which were recently optioned or in the development stage. Either way, get your page-turning fingers ready!

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Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Books Week

Oct 22, 2017

Wonder ranks #6 in the Wall Street Journal's Best-Selling Books Week.

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The Clean Cut: New 'Wonder' trailer hits the internet

By Cristy Meiners
Deseret News, Oct 19, 2017

A new trailer for the film version of R.J. Palacio's 2012 best-seller "Wonder" hit the internet Thursday. The film, which comes out nationwide Nov. 17, stars Jacob Tremblay as August "Auggie" Pullman, a 10-year-old New Yorker who has a rare facial deformity. 

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The latest "Wonder" trailer is so cute and sappy, you're going to cry buckets of ugly tears

By Meaghan Kirby
Hello Giggles, Oct 19, 2017

You’re going to need to run out and grab a box of tissues because the final trailer for Wonder has arrived, and it is *definitely* going to make you cry.

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New ‘Wonder’ Trailer Is Here To Make You Cry

By Chris Evangelista
Slash Film, Oct 19, 2017

Every now and then, you might need to go see a good tear-jerker. Wonder is here to help you out with that. Adapted from R.J. Palacio‘s novel, the film follows a young boy with facial differences who attends public school for the first time after years of homeschooling. 

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New Trailer for 'Wonder' Promises There Will Be No Dry Eyes

By Travis Hopson
Punch Drunk Critics, Oct 19, 2017

Who couldn't use a feel-good, well-meaning movie right about now? Wonder can't get here soon enough, and the adaptation of R.J. Palacio's heartwarming novel has just dropped a new trailer that promises there will be no dry eyes in the room.

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Spotlighting Themes of Diversity at PNBA

By Jenn Director Knudsen 
Publishers Weekly, Oct 17, 2017

Diversity was a watchword at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association fall trade show, held October 8–10 at Portland’s Red Lion Hotel on the River. 

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Two New Posters Arrive For The Upcoming ‘Wonder’

By Paul Heath
Hollywood News, Oct 11, 2017

Lionsgate UK has released two new posters for the upcoming Wonder, which stars the likes of Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay. The film is set for UK screens later in the year. The new posters, which you can see below, were created as part of a partnership with Cities of Kindness in the US.

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25 Best Books Being Made Into Movies in 2017

Medium, Oct 6

Tulip Fever, Live By Night, Before I Fall, Fifty Shades Darker, Thank You for Your Service, Wonder, The Circle…..


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Movie Alert: 'Wonder'

By Matia Burnett
Publishers Weekly, Oct 05, 2017

R.J. Palacio never envisioned that her “little book about a little boy with enormous challenges” would one day become a feature-length film. 

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Book-to-Movie Adaptations – Top Picks for the Year 2017

By Aditi Kaushiva
Kubashi, October 1, 2017

What I love about storytelling is how there are so many ways to express one story. I love it in all its forms – oral, written, visual. Recently, I was watching (yet again) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and my thoughts turned to the many book-to-movie adaptations we’ve had this year...

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19 Young Adult Books Everyone Should Read, No Matter Their Age

By Ellie Bate, Buzzfeed, September 26, 2017

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which young adult novels they'd recommend to anyone, regardless of their age. Here's what they said...

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How One Unkind Moment Gave Way To 'Wonder'

By All Things Considered
NPR, September 12, 2013

In Wonder, R.J. Palacio tells the story of Auggie, a tough, sweet, 10-year-old boy, who was born with distorted facial features — a "craniofacial difference" caused by an anomaly in his DNA.

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Tweet what makes you smile this Valentine's Day and help a child in need

By  Aliza Weinberger
Mashable, February, 2016

It may be cold outside this Valentine's Day, but Operation Smile and Random House Children's Books want to see what warms your heart.

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'Wonder' Author R.J. Palacio Talks Her New E-Books, "Choose Kind," And The Novel's Massive Success

By Rachel Simon
Bustle, May 12, 2015

It couldn't have been a more fitting title. More than three years after the release of Wonder, R.J. Palacio's game-changing smash of a debut, the novel has proved to be one of children's books biggest success stories.

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Choose Kind Chicago Day Includes 'Wonder' Author R.J. Palacio

By Howard Ludwig
DNA Info, June 18, 2015 

BEVERLY — Mary Cate Lynch, of Beverly, has visited with students throughout the Chicago-area and asked them to "Choose Kind."

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Wonder Is the Best Kids’ Book of the Year

By Emily Bazelon
Slate.com, October, 2012

We talk to its author about bullying, parenting, and empathy. "The book that has moved me most in the past year is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It's the fictional story of August Pullman, a 10-year-old with a very different-looking face—the result of a...

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Interview with RJ Palacio, Author of Wonder

By Heather Hodson
The Telegraph, February, 2012

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.

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First Look! Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay Will Melt Your Heart in Wonder

By Jodi Guglielmi
People Movies, August 10, 2016

Jacob Tremblay is back, and he’s as aww-inducing as ever.

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See Grown-Ups Read

By Alexandra Alter
Wall Street Journal, December 2013

R.J. Palacio's best-selling novel Wonder was born in a moment of panic. She was getting milkshakes with her two sons in Brooklyn when she saw a little girl with a severe facial deformity...

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RJ Palacio on the Power of Kindness

By Michelle Pauli
The Guardian Children's Books Podcast, September 2014 

RJ Palacio reads from Wonder, and talks to Michelle Pauli about writing about a boy that has to face a world every day that can't face him back...

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Words to Live By

By Maria Russo
The New York Times, September 2014

After R. J. Palacio’s Wonder was published in 2012 and became a middle-grades juggernaut, many hoped the author would continue the story of August Pullman, the Manhattan boy born with serious facial deformities, and his friends and family.

Read Article >

Wonder News

Jacob Tremblay Shares His No. 1 Tip For Kids Who Have Been Bullied

By Alessia Santoro
Popsugar December 3, 2017

Eleven-year-old Jacob Tremblay is a literal onscreen wonder in the film version of R.J. Palacio's New York Times bestseller, Wonder, but as it turns out, he's pretty spectacular off screen as well. In a recent interview with Jacob, the young actor told POPSUGAR how he got into his role as Auggie Pullman, a boy with facial differences who starts going to mainstream school in fifth grade after being homeschooled, why he's so excited to spread the film's message to "Choose Kind," and his best tip for dealing with bullies.


Read Article >

13 Addictive Books With A Cult Following On Amazon

By Lindsay E. Mack
Romper, December 4, 2017

Born with a distinct facial deformity, the character August Pullman wants to be treated like any other kid. But as he and his community learn, some people were born to stand out. This charming kid's book has inspired a 4.9 average review on Amazon, with over 11,000 people voicing their love for the story.

Read Article >

The 19 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners For 2017 Are Here & 15 Of The Winning Books Are Written By Women

Bustle, December 5, 2017

I look forward to the annual Goodreads Choice Awards every year. As an avid reader and member of the wider bookish community, it's fascinating to see what books across 19 different genres made the biggest impact on readers in a year. And when it comes to the Goodreads Choice Awards 2017 winners, it is gratifying to see just how many of those impactful books have been written by women—a whopping 15, in fact. 

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The 19 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners For 2017 Are…

Medium, December 5, 2017

Picture books - 
We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio
Winner 24,470 votes

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20 Books Everyone Should Read In Their 40s

By Talia Lakritz  
Insider, November 20, 2017, 2:36 PM

These books are worth reading at any age — especially middle age.

-Great memoirs for middle age include "Eat Pray Love," "Wild," and "The Rainbow Comes and Goes.
-"Books like "In Our Prime," "Shameless," and "Life -Reimagined" show that there are plenty of adventures to be had in your 40s.
-Novels like "The Kite Runner," "The Time Traveler's Wife," and "Wonder" are meaningful at any age.

Read Article >

The Top 10 Books on Apple's iBooks-US

By Associated Press
Billings Gazette, Nov 28, 2017

iBook charts for week ending November 26, 2017 (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher)

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'Wonder' is real life for these two families

By Jacqueline Howard
CNN, Nov 19, 2017

Although Auggie's face and everyday experiences are imaginary, the lives of the some 600,000 individuals who have been diagnosed with a craniofacial condition in the United States are very much real -- and 7-year-old Shane Vysocky and 13-year-old Emily Merrill are among them. 

Read Article >

Domtar Donates Books to Martha Rawls Smith Elementary Students

By WSAV Staff
WSAV, November 7, 2017, 1:02 pm


JESUP, Ga. (WSAV) – Fifth graders at Martha Rawls Smith Elementary School received a special gift today.

All 80 students were given a copy of the novel “Wonder,” by R.J. Palacio as a part of Domtar Corporation’s Powerful Pages campaign with First Book.

Read Article >

R.J. Palacio, Jenifer Lewis and More

By Jill Adams 
People TV, Nov 07, 2017

Wonder author R.J. Palacio, The Revolution of Marina M author Janet Fitch, and Blackish star Jenifer Lewis are some of the guests who stop by on this all-female edition of Shelf Life.

Read Article >

11 Quotes From 'Wonder' By R.J. Palacio To Remind You Why This Is Such A Beloved Childhood Story

By Kerri Jarema 
Bustle, Nov 06, 2017

If you haven't yet read Wonder (and seriously, what have you been doing?!) check out the 11 beautiful quotes from the book below. You'll definitely want to pick it up, and check out the film, when you're done.

Read Article >

Fall Reading List: 43 Books to Read Before They're Movies

By Shannon Vestal Robson
PopSugar, October 24, 2017

Of the many movies coming out this Fall, lots of them are based on books, proving once again that Hollywood's best material comes from the page. There are always a ton of great books in the process of being adapted, so for the new season upon us, we have a brand-new reading list with titles that are becoming movies very soon or which were recently optioned or in the development stage. Either way, get your page-turning fingers ready!

Read Article >

Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Books Week

Oct 22, 2017

Wonder ranks #6 in the Wall Street Journal's Best-Selling Books Week.

Read Article >

Spotlighting Themes of Diversity at PNBA

By Jenn Director Knudsen 
Publishers Weekly, Oct 17, 2017

Diversity was a watchword at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association fall trade show, held October 8–10 at Portland’s Red Lion Hotel on the River. 

Read Article >

19 Young Adult Books Everyone Should Read, No Matter Their Age

By Ellie Bate, Buzzfeed, September 26, 2017

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which young adult novels they'd recommend to anyone, regardless of their age. Here's what they said...

Read Article >

Wonder Is the Best Kids’ Book of the Year

By Emily Bazelon
Slate.com, October, 2012

We talk to its author about bullying, parenting, and empathy. "The book that has moved me most in the past year is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It's the fictional story of August Pullman, a 10-year-old with a very different-looking face—the result of a...

Read Article >

Interview with RJ Palacio, Author of Wonder

By Heather Hodson
The Telegraph, February, 2012

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.

Read Article >

See Grown-Ups Read

By Alexandra Alter
Wall Street Journal, December 2013

R.J. Palacio's best-selling novel Wonder was born in a moment of panic. She was getting milkshakes with her two sons in Brooklyn when she saw a little girl with a severe facial deformity...

Read Article >

RJ Palacio on the Power of Kindness

By Michelle Pauli
The Guardian Children's Books Podcast, September 2014 

RJ Palacio reads from Wonder, and talks to Michelle Pauli about writing about a boy that has to face a world every day that can't face him back...

Read Article >

Words to Live By

By Maria Russo
The New York Times, September 2014

After R. J. Palacio’s Wonder was published in 2012 and became a middle-grades juggernaut, many hoped the author would continue the story of August Pullman, the Manhattan boy born with serious facial deformities, and his friends and family.

Read Article >

Movie News

How ‘Wonder’ Became a Box-Office Hit

By Ben Fritz
The Wall Street Journal, December 6, 2017

Wonder,’ about a 10-year-old with cranio-facial differences, is on track to be the year’s third-highest grossing original live-action movie

Read Article >

Jacob Tremblay Shares His No. 1 Tip For Kids Who Have Been Bullied

By Alessia Santoro
Popsugar December 3, 2017

Eleven-year-old Jacob Tremblay is a literal onscreen wonder in the film version of R.J. Palacio's New York Times bestseller, Wonder, but as it turns out, he's pretty spectacular off screen as well. In a recent interview with Jacob, the young actor told POPSUGAR how he got into his role as Auggie Pullman, a boy with facial differences who starts going to mainstream school in fifth grade after being homeschooled, why he's so excited to spread the film's message to "Choose Kind," and his best tip for dealing with bullies.


Read Article >

Common Sense Media 2017 Holiday Movie Guide for Kids

By Frannie Ucciferri 
Common Sense Media, October 22, 2017 

The wait is finally over for some of the most exciting and anticipated movies of the year: We're talking Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, and more! Maybe your kids already have their lightsabers ready for Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi. Or maybe they're dying to see the movie version of their favorite book, Wonder. 

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Why ‘Wonder,’ the Movie, Can’t Best the Book It’s Based On

By Maria Russo
The New York Times, November 24, 2017

Like most people who love the best-selling book “Wonder,” I’ve been thrilled by the success of the movie version.


Read Article >

The Power of Wonder

Good Housekeeping, Dec 2017

How do you treat people who are different from you? That’s the question at the heart of the book Wonder, now a film starring Julia Roberts as the mother of a boy with a face that shocks everyone who sees him.

Read Article >

5 Reasons Why The Julia Roberts & Owen Wilson Starrer ‘Wonder’ Is A Must Watch!

By Shreemi Verma
Miss Malini, November 29, 2017

Wonder is one of this year’s best reviewed movies. Starring superstars Julia RobertsOwen Wilson and the breakout star of 2015’s Oscar winning movie Room – Jacob TremblayWonder is based on a novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio. Here are 5 reasons you should definitely check it out –

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‘Wonder’ movie gives girls with rare condition hope

By Jeneé Osterheldt
Rep-am.com, November 27, 2017

Makayla Hainline has been waiting for a movie like “Wonder.”

It’s the tale of Auggie Pullman, a 10-year-old boy who loves “Star Wars,” Halloween and science. He also has Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare genetic condition affecting the way the face develops.


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Through 'Wonder' The Power to Imagine

By Maria Russo
The New York Times, November 27, 2017

There is more to the tale than meets the eye in the film version of R.J. Palacio’s novel. 

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The mighty ‘Justice League’ stumbles as an overachieving ‘Wonder’ soars

By Ryan Painter
FOX Kansas, Nov 19, 2017

Based on R. J. Palacio’s novel, “Wonder” tells the story of a young boy with a facial deformity who attends public school for the first time. Most predictions had the film finishing the weekend in the area of $15 million.

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'Wonder' is real life for these two families

By Jacqueline Howard
CNN, Nov 19, 2017

Although Auggie's face and everyday experiences are imaginary, the lives of the some 600,000 individuals who have been diagnosed with a craniofacial condition in the United States are very much real -- and 7-year-old Shane Vysocky and 13-year-old Emily Merrill are among them. 

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Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson make this a 'Wonder' to behold

By Colin Covert
Start Tribune Nov 18, 2017

Powerful portrayals of deep characters elevate this illness drama far beyond its genre's clichés. 

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Review: 'Wonder' is a reminder that goodness triumphs

By Andrea Mandell
USA TODAY Nov 17, 2017

Faith — at least faith in the power of goodness triumphing in the face of casual cruelty — is Wonder’s fiber. And for 113 minutes, it sure feels good to believe.

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‘Justice League’ a Disappointing No. 1 as ‘Wonder’ Surprises

By Brooks Barnes
The New York Times, Nov 19, 2017

“Earnest emotions can be easily mocked, but they penetrate deep,” Erik Feig, co-president of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said in an email. “I think people feel besieged and uncertain about the world — wondering what is really in the hearts of their neighbors — and this movie shows that there is much goodness in most of us.”

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Different in An Indifferent Worls

Time, Nov 17

Partway through Wonder, fifth-grader Auggie Pullman finds himself seated across from a new friend in the school cafeteria. “Have you ever thought about getting plastic surgery”, the friend asks.


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The World of Wonder

By Kevin P. Sullivan
Entertainment Weekly, November 17, 2017

How Julia Roberts and director Stephen Chbosky turned an award-winning young-adult book into a gentle gem about the power of kindness and family. Take that, Hollywood. 

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A sense of ‘Wonder’: What it took to bring the best-selling book to the big screen

By Ed Symkus 
The Boston Globe, Nov 10, 2017

The big breaks for filmmaker Stephen Chbosky and novelist R.J. Palacio came at roughly the same time. The year 2012 saw publication of Palacio’s first book, “Wonder,” and release of the film “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” which Chbosky directed and wrote, based on his own novel.

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Lionsgate Second-Quarter Earnings Beat Estimates

By Etan Vlessing
The Hollywood Reporter, Nov 9, 2017

Wonder, Stephen Chbosky's adaptation of the R.J. Palacio novel, is led by Julia Roberts and Room breakout Jacob Tremblay.

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The Author of "Wonder" (Soon to Be a Movie!) Answers Questions From a 5th Grade Class

By Lindsey Benoit
Good HouseKeeping, Nov 17, 2017

R.J. Palacio, the best-selling author of Wonder, breaks down the inspiration behind it — and how she really feels about collaborating with Hollywood.

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WATCH: 'Wonder' - Official Trailer – #ChooseKind – starring Julia Roberts & Owen Wilson

November 7, 2017

Based on the New York Times bestseller, "Wonder" tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

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Julia Roberts Strives For “Nicer Approach” With ‘Wonder’ Reminders

 By Greg Srisavasdi
Hollywood Outbreak , Nov 7, 2017

“I just thought it had an incredible scope of characters and their points of view and their compassion,” said Roberts. “I loved it.

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Julia Roberts Opens Up About Raising Teenagers

November 1, 2017

After sitting out the movie business for more than a year, Roberts—also a face of Lancôme—now has a new film, Wonder (based on the best-selling YA novel by R.J. Palacio), in which she plays Isabel, the mother of a little boy (Room’s Jacob Tremblay) with a severe facial deformity

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Awards Shows, Specials and Day of Grey’s Lead ABC’s November Sweeps Schedule!

By Sheldon Wiebe
Eclipse Magazine, Oct 31, 2017

The incredible journey of a family with a boy born with a rare facial condition, a real-life version of the main character in R.J. Palacio’s best-selling novel Wonder.

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18 Movies Worth the Haul to the Multiplex in November 2017

True Viral News, Oct 25, 2017

The end of the year always means tons of great big-screen releases. However, this November, cinephiles can expect to feel just about overwhelmed, as there are nearly twenty new selections worthy of their time and attention.

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The Clean Cut: New 'Wonder' trailer hits the internet

By Cristy Meiners
Deseret News, Oct 19, 2017

A new trailer for the film version of R.J. Palacio's 2012 best-seller "Wonder" hit the internet Thursday. The film, which comes out nationwide Nov. 17, stars Jacob Tremblay as August "Auggie" Pullman, a 10-year-old New Yorker who has a rare facial deformity. 

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The latest "Wonder" trailer is so cute and sappy, you're going to cry buckets of ugly tears

By Meaghan Kirby
Hello Giggles, Oct 19, 2017

You’re going to need to run out and grab a box of tissues because the final trailer for Wonder has arrived, and it is *definitely* going to make you cry.

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New ‘Wonder’ Trailer Is Here To Make You Cry

By Chris Evangelista
Slash Film, Oct 19, 2017

Every now and then, you might need to go see a good tear-jerker. Wonder is here to help you out with that. Adapted from R.J. Palacio‘s novel, the film follows a young boy with facial differences who attends public school for the first time after years of homeschooling. 

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New Trailer for 'Wonder' Promises There Will Be No Dry Eyes

By Travis Hopson
Punch Drunk Critics, Oct 19, 2017

Who couldn't use a feel-good, well-meaning movie right about now? Wonder can't get here soon enough, and the adaptation of R.J. Palacio's heartwarming novel has just dropped a new trailer that promises there will be no dry eyes in the room.

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Two New Posters Arrive For The Upcoming ‘Wonder’

By Paul Heath
Hollywood News, Oct 11, 2017

Lionsgate UK has released two new posters for the upcoming Wonder, which stars the likes of Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay. The film is set for UK screens later in the year. The new posters, which you can see below, were created as part of a partnership with Cities of Kindness in the US.

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25 Best Books Being Made Into Movies in 2017

Medium, Oct 6

Tulip Fever, Live By Night, Before I Fall, Fifty Shades Darker, Thank You for Your Service, Wonder, The Circle…..


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Movie Alert: 'Wonder'

By Matia Burnett
Publishers Weekly, Oct 05, 2017

R.J. Palacio never envisioned that her “little book about a little boy with enormous challenges” would one day become a feature-length film. 

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Book-to-Movie Adaptations – Top Picks for the Year 2017

By Aditi Kaushiva
Kubashi, October 1, 2017

What I love about storytelling is how there are so many ways to express one story. I love it in all its forms – oral, written, visual. Recently, I was watching (yet again) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and my thoughts turned to the many book-to-movie adaptations we’ve had this year...

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First Look! Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay Will Melt Your Heart in Wonder

By Jodi Guglielmi
People Movies, August 10, 2016

Jacob Tremblay is back, and he’s as aww-inducing as ever.

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Jacob Tremblay Shares His No. 1 Tip For Kids Who Have Been Bullied

By Alessia Santoro
Popsugar December 3, 2017

Eleven-year-old Jacob Tremblay is a literal onscreen wonder in the film version of R.J. Palacio's New York Times bestseller, Wonder, but as it turns out, he's pretty spectacular off screen as well. In a recent interview with Jacob, the young actor told POPSUGAR how he got into his role as Auggie Pullman, a boy with facial differences who starts going to mainstream school in fifth grade after being homeschooled, why he's so excited to spread the film's message to "Choose Kind," and his best tip for dealing with bullies.


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Real-Life Wonder Kids Talk About Their Lives and How They 'Shake Off' Bullying

By Jason Duaine Hahn 
People, November 20, 2017 03:38 PM

The new movie, Wonder, starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, follows a young boy named August Pullman who was born with facial differences (author R.J. Palacio has said his condition is based on the genetic disorder Treacher Collins). The film is shining a spotlight on the hardships people endure when they have a condition that disfigures their appearance.

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R.J. Palacio's 'Wonder' is an important lesson in the power of kindness

By MJ Franklin
Mashable, November 27, 2017

The first thing you'll notice about author R.J. Palacio is her incredible optimism.

Even while talking about school bullying, the author refuses to believe that children are inherently mean.

“I feel like kids really do want to do good, they want to be their best selves, and sometimes they don’t know how to do that. There’s never a kid who’s irredeemable,” she says.

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Review: ‘Wonder’ reminds viewers about value of kindness

By Kristina Valdez
Baylor Lariat, November 27, 2017

I know the baby blue cover of R. J. Palacio’s novel “Wonder” by heart; the book has sat in my brother’s room since he bought it from a school book fair in 2012. When the movie was released on Nov. 17, it wasn’t long before we were sitting in the theater with a bowl of popcorn.

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County Middle Schools Make “Wonder” Film a Learning Opportunity

By Josh Mandell
Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 20, 2017 at 9:30 p.m

Albemarle County middle school students are flooding local movie theaters this week to see a new film about bullying, and how it can be prevented.

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Greendale Students Are Learning to 'Choose Kind' Through the Book and New Movie 'Wonder'

By Tiffany Stoiber, Now News Group
jsonline.com, November 20, 2017

GREENDALE - When presented with the option, Greendale students are choosing "kind." 

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Libertyville youth speaks as part of Choose Kind

By Steve Hoffman 
Journal Republican, Nov 07, 2017

“It changed my life because it gave me a hero to look up to,” said Dankelson of the book authored by R.J. Palacio. “The best thing about ‘Wonder’ being popular is it has brought positive attention to those with facial differences.

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Teaching Civility in a Not-So-Civil World

By Jennifer Kantor
New Jersey Family, November 1, 2017

How to nurture respect and compassion during divisive political times.

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Centennial students see prerelease screening of 'Wonder'

Times Online, October 31, 2017

Heidi Scalf's fourth-grade students at Centennial School in Streator have been reading and discussing the book "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio. The school received a grant for 12 copies of the book from the Children's Craniofacial Association, as well as a discounted rate on buying others.

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American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association Hosts ‘Wonder’ Screening Event in Durham November 19

Oct 30, 2017 

The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is hosting a special screening event for the major motion picture Wonder on November 19 at Southpoint AMC Theater in Durham. The festivities will begin at 2:30 p.m. with refreshments, followed by a brief program and feature film screening.

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How One Unkind Moment Gave Way To 'Wonder'

By All Things Considered
NPR, September 12, 2013

In Wonder, R.J. Palacio tells the story of Auggie, a tough, sweet, 10-year-old boy, who was born with distorted facial features — a "craniofacial difference" caused by an anomaly in his DNA.

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Tweet what makes you smile this Valentine's Day and help a child in need

By  Aliza Weinberger
Mashable, February, 2016

It may be cold outside this Valentine's Day, but Operation Smile and Random House Children's Books want to see what warms your heart.

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'Wonder' Author R.J. Palacio Talks Her New E-Books, "Choose Kind," And The Novel's Massive Success

By Rachel Simon
Bustle, May 12, 2015

It couldn't have been a more fitting title. More than three years after the release of Wonder, R.J. Palacio's game-changing smash of a debut, the novel has proved to be one of children's books biggest success stories.

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Choose Kind Chicago Day Includes 'Wonder' Author R.J. Palacio

By Howard Ludwig
DNA Info, June 18, 2015 

BEVERLY — Mary Cate Lynch, of Beverly, has visited with students throughout the Chicago-area and asked them to "Choose Kind."

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