R.J. Palacio

Author of Wonder

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R.J. Palacio lives with her husband, 2 sons and 2 dogs in NYC. She has been an art director and graphic designer for more than twenty years, designing book jackets for others while awaiting the perfect time in her life to start writing her own novel. But a chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store one day, several years ago, made R. J. realize that the perfect time to write that novel had finally come. Her first ... novel, Wonder. She hasn't designed the cover, but she certainly loves it. The pseudonym Raquel J. Palacio / R. J. Palacio is: Raquel JaramilloREAD MORE

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I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.

Kinder than is
necessary
. Because it's not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.

The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honor heroes after they've died. They're like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the pharaohs. Only instead of being made of stone, they're made out of the memories people have of you.

Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.

I eat like a tortoise eats, if you've ever seen a tortoise eating. Like some prehistoric swamp thing.

...we should be remembered for the things we do. The things we do are the most important things of all. They are more important than what we say or what we look like. The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honour heroes after they've died. They're like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honour the Pharaohs. Only instead of being made out of stone, they're made out of the memories people have of you. That's why your deeds are like your monuments. Built with memories instead of with stone.

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