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Suitable for the thousands of readers who loved Wonder, this title presents bully Julian's side of the story. I know it can't be easy for him to look in the mirror every day, or walk down the street. But that's not my problem. My problem is that everything's different since he's been coming to my school. The kids are different. I'm different. And it sucks big-time.
PLUTO looks at Auggie's story through the eyes of his best and oldest friend, Christopher: who has been with Auggie right from the start, shares his love of space, Star Wars and the planets, and knows better than most that being part of Auggie's life comes with its challenges.
SHINGALING looks at Auggie's story through the eyes of smart, kind Charlotte, and takes us into the school year that followed the events of WONDER.
We're All Wonders
Call Number: PB PAL
picture book version of the novel
Wonder has inspired the Choose Kind campaign. Visit the site to see how you can choose kind by doing random acts of kindness.
Mr Browne's Precepts
“When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” —Dr. Wayne Dyer
“Your deeds are your monuments.”—Inscription on an Egyptian tomb
“Have no friends not equal to yourself." —Confucious
"Fortune favors the bold." —Virgil
"No man is an island, entire of itself." —John Donne
"It is better to know some of the questions than al of the answers." —James Thurber
"Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much." —Blaise Pascal
"What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful." —Sappho
"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can." —John Wesley’s Rule
"Just follow the day and reach for the sun!" —The Polyphonic Spree
Where did the idea for Wonder come from?
The idea for Wonder came to Palacio in the autumn of 2007. On a trip outside New York with her two young sons she came across a little girl who, she is now fairly certain, had Treacher-Collins syndrome, a rare hereditary condition that assaults the features but leaves the child perfectly normal in every other way. What alarmed Palacio, though, was not so much the girl's appearance as her own reaction to it. 'I panicked,' she grimaces. 'I was thinking in terms of the little girl's feelings, and I was really afraid my three-year-old would do what he did at Hallowe'en, which was scream when he got scared. I got up from the bench as though a bee had stung me, flipped the stroller around, and called my older son, who was coming out of the store with chocolate shakes. The shakes went flying, and my son is going, "Mum, why are we leaving so quickly?" and I heard the girl's mum say, in the calmest voice possible, "OK guys, I think it's time to go." It was horrible, just horrible. My heart broke for this woman and for this girl, for whom this must happen a million times each day.'
On the car journey home to Brooklyn, Palacio recalls, 'I could not stop thinking about how the scene had played out. What could I have done differently? Is there something you can do to prepare your kids for moments like that? Was I not teaching my kids something they should have known?'
When Natalie Merchant's song Wonder popped up on the radio, a song honouring a child with a disability, 'Things just collided in my mind,' Palacio says. 'The first line came to me, and the whole premise of the novel. The book wrote itself.'
(Read the full interview at https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/authorinterviews/9086974/Interview-with-RJ-Palacio-author-of-Wonder.html)
Treacher Collins syndrome is a rare, genetic condition affecting the way the face develops — especially the cheekbones, jaws, ears and eyelids. These differences often cause problems with breathing, swallowing, chewing, hearing and speech.
How severe the syndrome is varies widely from child to child. Treacher Collins syndrome is present when a baby is born (congenital).
Treacher Collins syndrome happens in about 1 in 50,000 newborns worldwide.
Treacher Collins syndrome happens because of a change (mutation) in a gene that affects how a baby’s face develops before birth.
(Adapted from http://www.seattlechildrens.org/medical-conditions/chromosomal-genetic-conditions/treacher-collins/)
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