R.J. Palacio's background
Palacio was born in Queens, New York City, NY and now she lives in NYC with her husband and two sons. For many years, she was an art director and book jacket designer, designing covers for countless writers. However, she always wanted to write. Going into college she was faced with the decision of either pursuing writing or art, but she ended up choosing art. Though, after 20 years she realized that this was the time, so she decided to just go for it and write a story. Wonder is her first novel and it was inspired by a real-life incident in which her three-year-old son reacted negatively to a girl with a facial deformity.
Even with the novel set in a middle school environment, we as readers can learn the cruelity and humanity that human beings can possess. Palacio shows that there are cruel people out there, and those are the ones you ignore. However, at the same time there are some genuinely nice people. She embraces the idea of never judging a book by its cover or "never judge a boy by his face." A person is more than their apperance. Palacio also demonstrates the concept of kindness and that "when given the choice of being right and being kind. Choose kind." Every person deserves to be equal, an in order to do that, be kind before you judge.