Press Release: Wonder, The #1 New York Times Bestselling Middle-Grade Novel, Reaches 1 Million Copies Sold in North America
"It's so heartening to me to know that this little book about a boy who is 'different' has found such a wide audience," said Palacio. "The main character, Auggie Pullman, has become a hero to so many readers-children and adults alike. Maybe it points to the fact that feeling 'different' really is a universal experience, and it's that very feeling that ultimately unites all of us."
Palacio receives numerous daily event requests from schools, stores, and organizations and has traveled across the country as guest of honor at a multitude of All-City Reads events, including Santa Monica, California; Fairfield, Connecticut; Tacoma, Washington; and Naperville, Illinois. She is involved with organizations such as the Children's Craniofacial Association, and will give the keynote address at the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association's Annual Conference in March.
"I'm so thankful to the teachers and librarians who put this book on the map, the wonderful folks in the craniofacial community who have supported the book, and most especially the kids who, inspired by the message of the book, have pledged to 'Choose Kind' all across the country," said Palacio.
R. J. Palacio was a graphic designer by day, creating book jackets for others, while writing WONDER, her first novel, by night. She was previously Director of Children's Books at Workman Publishing and will soon assume the position of Editor-at-Large, devoting more time to speaking engagements for WONDER and to writing her next novel. She is also now a headlining member of the illustrious roster of authors represented by the Random House Speakers Bureau (RHSpeakers.com).She lives in New York City with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.
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