Hey Storyteller Tribe, I’m so beyond honored to feature R.J. Palacio on today’s episode! R.J. is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of WONDER, a middle-grade novel that sold over a million copies in just 18 months.
Entertainment Weekly says “Palacio has written a crackling page-turner filled with characters you can’t help but root for.”
R.J.’s book is now being adapted into a movie by LionsGate. According to The Wrap, Jacob Tremblay, the young star in “Room”, a movie nominated for best picture during the Oscars, is in talks to star in “Wonder”. It’s also mentioned that the studio has its sights set on Julia Roberts to play the main character’s mom.
In today’s episode, R.J. and I discuss a whole lot about “Wonder”, what it means to choose kind, and we dive into invaluable writing advice. It’s an honest and inspiring discussion that everyone will benefit from listening!
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- Listen carefully to R.J.’s episode and pick your favorite quote.
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- The lucky winners will win one of R.J’s autographed books!
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.
What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
What it means to be kind and why we should choose ‘kind’ over being ‘right’
The importance of creating a writing routine and committing to it
- How to create characters using inspiration from the people in your own life
How to include multiple points of views from different characters that will enhance the main character’s story
R.J.’s journey as a storyteller and her transition into being a full-time author
Learn More About R.J. Palacio
R. J. Palacio is the author of Wonder. She lives in New York City with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.