The Wonder of Wonder

January 16, 2014, by

smallRM2_8185The auditorium was full, but the room was silent. Kids leaned forward in their seats. Parents silenced their phones and raised their chins as R.J. Palacio approached the podium.

Palacio spoke in a friendly, comforting voice, the voice she might use with her two sons. She began with a slide presentation, and one of the first photos she shared showed the ice cream shop where she and her boys encountered the girl who inspired her character August Pullman, or “Auggie.” Palacio began Wonder the same day–on Post-Its. She showed us the first two, and they sounded like Wonder‘s first page. Continue reading