Press Release: Wonder, The #1 New York Times Bestselling Middle-Grade Novel, Reaches 1 Million Copies Sold in North America
October 10, 2013 (New York, NY)-Eighteen months after its release, WONDER, the #1 New York Times bestselling middle-grade novel by R.J. Palacio-a book called "rich and memorable" (The New York Times Book Review), "the best kids' book of the year" (Emily Bazelon for Slate.com), and a "debut novel so remarkable, and so lovely" (The Wall Street Journal)-has sold 1 million copies in hardcover and digital formats, it was announced today by Barbara Marcus, President and Publisher of Random House Children's Books (RandomHouseKids.com). WONDER is published by Random House's Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers imprint in the U.S. and Canada. It released in the U.S. on February 14, 2012, and was edited by Executive Editor Erin Clarke.
"We are so pleased to celebrate this incredible million-copy milestone," said Marcus. "We credit the sensation that is WONDER to a remarkable, unforgettable, inspiring story written by debut author R. J. Palacio, and the extraordinary enthusiasm of booksellers, educators, families, and readers everywhere."
The story of a fifth grader born with a facial deformity who attends mainstream school for the first time, WONDER resonated instantly with readers of all ages and has remained at the top of bestseller lists, including 80 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, with 36 weeks in the #1 spot. The book has garnered national review praise from such outlets as NPR and Entertainment Weekly, and sparked a national movement called Choose Kind on Tumblr that schools have embraced as part of their anti-bullying curriculums. Students, parents, teachers, and librarians are excitedly sharing copies and endorsing #thewonderofwonder on Twitter.
"Sales continue to be strong in every region of North America and in all channels of distribution," said Joan DeMayo, Senior Vice President, Director of Sales. "It's especially gratifying that new readers are discovering WONDER every day and sales show no sign of slowing down. This book was an instant classic in the children's marketplace, but also has a broader appeal to adult readers, which helps account for its enormous success."