The film adaptation of R.J. Palacio's children's book Wonder opened on November 17 to critical and commercial success; as of December 10, the movie had earned $129.6 million worldwide (with a budget of $20 million) and received a score of 86% from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson star as the parents of August "Auggie" Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), a fifth-grade boy with facial deformities who enrolls in private school after a lifetime of homeschooling. Auggie's first year at Beecher Prep is marked by bullying, which he overcomes thanks to a few new friends and supportive teachers.
R.J. Palacio followed up Wonder (first published by Knopf in 2012) with Auggie & Me (2015), three stories told from the perspectives of other characters in Wonder, and 365 Days of Wonder (2016), which collects daily precepts used by Auggie's teacher. We're All Wonders (2017) sends Auggie on a new illustrated adventure for very young readers. Auggie's bravery has also inspired the anti-bullying Choose Kind movement. On September 26, Knopf released a movie tie-in edition of Wonder ($16.99, 9781524720193). --Tobias Mutter