R. J. Palacio lives in NYC with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. For more than twenty years, she was an art director and graphic designer, designing book jackets for other people while waiting for the perfect time in her life to start writing her own novel. But one day several years ago, a chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store made R. J. realize that the perfect time to write that novel had finally come. Wonder is her first novel. She did not design the cover, but she sure does love it.
Palacio on Fox Cities Reads
"I feel so honored that Fox Cities has chosen Wonder as its selection for the Fox Cities Reads for 2014. Although on the surface it's a story about a little boy with a craniofacial difference, it is ultimately a book about kindness: the impact of kindness and the wonderful ways in which even a little bit of kindness—a comforting word to a stranger, a helping hand to a classmate—has the power to transform the world. My hope is that readers will take to this message and do their part in spreading the word to "choose kind." Thank you!"