Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People: R. J. Palacio

Author R.J. Palacio was out with her children getting ice cream when she saw a little girl with a deformed face. The girl had Treacher Collins Syndrome, a condition characterized by an abnormally small lower jaw, downward slanted eyes and malformed ears. Palacio’s young son started to cry at the sight of the child. “I couldn’t stop thinking about how that scene had played out,” Palacio has said. “It occurred to me that [that family] probably went through something like that dozens of times a day, hundreds of times. What would that be like? What could I be teaching my children so they could understand how to respond better next time?” The incident inspired Palacio’s novel Wonder. The book follows a fifth-grade boy named August who has Treacher Collins Syndrome as he enters school for the first time. Palacio will read from and sign Wonder during today’s installment of the Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People series.

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Sun., Jan. 12, 3 p.m., 2014

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