Wednesday September 23, 2020

Arts Interview: Small wonder

An eye-opening encounter between her sons and a girl with a facial disfigurement inspired author RJ Palacio to write a different type of children's book, writes Fiona Kelly.

30th June, 2012
RJ Palacio: 'It's not about what life gives you, but what you do with what life gives you.' Photo: Tim Knox/the Guardian

Her story is so improbable that you may think it just couldn't be done: to have written a bestselling children's book that isn't about magic or vampires. "There were times I'd be writing in the middle of the night saying, 'what am I doing?'," says American author RJ Palacio.

"I didn't know if my book would ever get published; it wasn't a commercial topic. I was thinking I should do something I know will...

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