Kindness brings us together no matter how far apart we are. Millions of people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. A perfect read for back to school — no matter what that looks like!
The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement, a major motion picture, and the critically acclaimed graphic novel White Bird.
I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
“Wonder is the best kids’ book of the year,” said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
Raquel Jaramillo Palacio (born July 13, 1963) is an American author and graphic designer. She is the author of several novels for children, including the best-selling Wonder, which was adapted into a 2017 film starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.Career
Palacio began her career as an art director and graphic designer, designing book jackets for Paul Auster, Thomas Pynchon and others. During the course of her career she designed many hundreds of book covers, covering both fiction and non-fiction books. She also illustrated several children’s books that she wrote herself. For the first two decades of her career, she wrote books at night after her day job as a designer. She illustrated her early books which were board books for children, published under the name Raquel Jaramillo.
In 2021, Random House announced that her new novel Pony would have a first printing of 500,000 copies. It is her first novel not featuring characters from the Wonder universe.
Palacio is the daughter of Colombian immigrants and was born in New York City. She attended Manhattan’s High School of Art & Design and majored in illustration at the Parsons School of Design. She spent a year at the American University of Paris, travelling widely throughout Europe, before returning to New York. She currently lives in New York City together with her husband and two sons Caleb and Joseph.
Awards and honors
She was a recipient of the Christopher Award for Wonder in 2013, and the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award in 2014. Wonder was on The New York Times Best Seller list and was also on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list. Wonder was the winner of the 2014 Maine Student Book Award, Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award, the 2015 Mark Twain Award, Hawaii’s 2015 Nene Award, the 2015 Young Hoosier Book Award, and the Junior Young Reader’s Choice Award for 2015. In Illinois, it won both the Bluestem and Caudill Awards in 2014.
Ride, Baby, Ride! (1998)
Dream, Baby, Dream! (1998)
Last Summer: A Little Book for Dads (2004)
Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories (2014)
365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts (2014)
We’re All Wonders (2017)
White Bird (2019)