R. J. Palacio - The Wonder Collection

Genre: Middle Grade

R. J. Palacio - The Wonder CollectionWonder, The Julian Chapter, Pluto, Shingaling

WonderAugust (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?The Julian ChapterThe Julian Chapter gives readers a chance to hear from Wonder’s most controversial character. From the very first day Auggie and Julian met, it was clear they were never going to be friends. This story finally reveals the bully’s side of the story. Why is Julian so unkind to Auggie? And does he have a chance for redemption?PlutoPluto offers a peek at Auggie’s life before Wonder. Christopher and Auggie were best friends from the time they were babies until Christopher’s family moved away; he was there for all of Auggie’s earliest memories, from surgeries to Star Wars marathons. Pluto is the story of two boys who have grown apart but are learning that good friendships are worth a little extra effort.ShingalingShingaling shines new light on life as a fifth grader at Beecher Prep—as seen from the perspective of Charlotte, the girl chosen to be Auggie’s “welcome buddy.” Readers will learn more about Charlotte and her budding friendship with reader-favorite Summer, how the girls at Beecher Prep react to Auggie attending their school for the first time, and how Charlotte came to write the precept she used at the end of Wonder: “It’s not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend.”

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Run time: 15 hours
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Author
R. J. Palacio

Biography:
R.J. Palacio lives in New York City with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. For more than twenty years, she was an editorial director, an art director, and a graphic designer working on books 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 book had finally come. Learn more about the author at RJPalacio.com. R. J. Palacio is available for select readings and lectures. To inquire about a possible appearance, please contact the Random House Speakers Bureau at rhspeakers@penguinrandomhouse.com.
Narrator
Nick Podehl

Biography:
Nick Podehl has been named a 'Best Voice' by AudioFile magazine in 2010 and 2011. He has narrated many young adult, fantasy, and romance titles, several of which have won awards, and has appeared in a number of theatrical productions and independent films.
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Kate Rudd

Biography:
Kate Rudd, winner of the 2013 Audie and Odyssey Awards for her narration of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and multiple Audiofile Magazine Earphones award recipient, has narrated over 250 titles across a variety of genres. Kate's most recent updates can be found on Twitter @katerudd.
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Diana Steele
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Scott Merriman

Biography:
Scott Merriman began acting at the request of his high-school friend in 1996. Since then Scott has lent his acting talents to theater productions, student films, shorts, and features. He has always enjoyed working with his voice and today enjoys bringing characters to life in audio dramas and through audiobook narration.
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Michael Chamberlain
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Taylor Ann Krahn

Biography:
Taylor Ann is a graduate of Hope College with a BA in theatre performance and creative writing. After completing a one-year contract as a touring actor and director with Missoula Children's Theatre, she plans to pursue a degree in theatre education and acting. In her free time, she enjoys running, writing short stories, and having tea parties with her little sister, Sophie.

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