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WONDER

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SCHOOLMATES

"What I wanted was to go to school, but only if I could be like every other kid going to school." -- Auggie

After being home-schooled all his life, Auggie gets a push from his parents to start attending the 5th grade at Beecher Prep. It's a brand new realm of gossip, bullies and threats, but also of science labs, achievement and friends. Auggie's schoolmates provide an entirely different POV on Auggie's life. They don't have the benefit of knowing him as his family does, so they have to figure him out in their own ways, and they do so through the prisms of their own unique experiences.

"Figuring out chemistry in any movie is difficult, and it's even harder when it's 10 year-olds," muses Lieberman. "Our task was to fit the story's core groups of kids like the pieces of a puzzle. We met with hundreds of kids in different cities, testing different combinations. When they all came together, it was magic." The kids who impact Auggie and vice versa include:

Jack Will:

Jack is Auggie's first real school friend -- or so Auggie thinks, until a demoralizing incident leads him to believe Jack is only pretending. It becomes up to Jack to choose where his loyalties really lie. Taking the role is Noah Jupe, who has been seen in The Titan and "The Night Manager."

A bit of an outsider himself - the lower-income kid on a scholarship - Jack has a natural affinity with Auggie, but he also wants to be accepted by the cool kids. Jupe embraced the character's mix of insecurities and boyish charm. Says Lieberman: "Noah is a fantastic young actor out of the U.K. with an intangible likeability that comes straight from the heart."

Jupe was beyond thrilled to get the part. "I loved the book so much," he says. He especially loved meeting Palacio, one of his favorite authors. "She told me I was the spitting image of how she imagined Jack Will to be, and we got to really talk about what Jack thinks and feels so it was really exciting."

Says Palacio of Jack: "Mr. Tushman has a flash of genius when he chooses Jack to guide Auggie. Tushman understands that Jack doesn't see how great he is yet, and puts him in a position where he can actually show the world that greatness ... and Jack ultimately rises to the occasion."

Julian:

"If there is a baddie in Wonder, it would be Julian," says Hoberman. Julian is the leader of the 5th grade pack - who starts off teasing Auggie for the attention it brings, then veers towards bullying. The layered role was won by Texas native Bryce Gheisar, seen in A Dog's Purpose and Walk The Prank.

Says Lieberman: "Julian was very complicated to cast, because the obvious choice for the bully is to pick someone who is just scary. But we wanted someone more nuanced. When Bryce came in, he had this quiet, calculated menace with a hint of fear. Bryce plays him as someone charming with a seething anger underneath, anger that hasn't yet hit the boiling point but the audience can see it."

Like his cast mates, Gheisar already knew the book and that only made him more interested in exploring the source of Julian's mean streak. "I loved that it was an opportunity to help teach people around the world that bullying is not okay," says Gheisar. "I really, really wanted to be part of this."

For Palacio, Julian is fundamental to Wonder. "All kids have baggage," she says. "Auggie's might be the easiest to perceive since he can't hide his face but everyone has something they wish they could change in their lives. Someone like Julian is freaked out by Auggie and because he doesn't know what to do with those feelings, he makes fun of him. He's trying to protect himself, but he does it in a really bad way. The truth is Julian is a boy who is petrified and not getting the help from his parents that he needs."

Gheisar believes Julian undergoes an internal evolution in the course of the movie. "When Mr. Tushman tells Julian that 'Auggie can't change the way he looks, but maybe we can change the way we see him,' I think that opens up his mind and he starts to believe he can change."

Summer:

Just when Auggie thinks he is entirely alone at Beecher Prep, in comes Summer, a breath of fresh air in the form of a smart, shy girl who seems to genuinely like him. Canadian-born Millie Davis, known for her roles on "Orphan Black" and "The Odd Squad," takes on the girl who gives Auggie hope.

"Summer is an old soul," says R.J. Palacio. "She knows what Auggie needs is somebody to not treat him differently. She's tired of all the meanness around her and she finds a kindred spirit in Auggie." Davis is another young fan of the book. "I thought the book was really moving - it's about accepting people, which is really cool," she says.

Rounding out the main group of Auggie's friends is would-be child actress Charlotte Cody played by competitive dancer and acting newcomer Elle McKinnon. "Charlotte Cody loves singing, acting, and dancing... like I do." says McKinnon. "She a chatterbox, which makes her a little crazy but a lot of fun." Says Chbosky, "Elle McKinnon was so natural, she blew me away. This was her first movie. Third audition. I couldn't be more pleased that Wonder got to introduce her to the world."

A trio of young Canadian actors makes up Julian's gang: Ty Consiglio as Amos, Kyle Breitkopf as Miles and newcomer James A. Hughes as Henry. "I looked so forward to the scene when Amos, Miles and Henry come to the rescue," comments Palacio. "It's bonding moment that has become a favorite for many."

TEACHERS

"Greatness lies, not in being strong, But in the right using of strength" -- Henry Ward Beecher

Another major influence on Auggie's first year of school comes from two special teachers: his homeroom teacher Mr. Browne and school principal Mr. Tushman - roles taken in the film by two of America's most in-demand stage actors: Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs, known for playing Thomas Jefferson in "Hamilton," making his feature film debut; and Tony Award and Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin.

Diggs was a casting coup for the filmmakers. "Daveed blew everybody away in 'Hamilton.' And here, he has brought out a warm, funny teacher vibe that really evokes this character," says Hoberman. From the minute he read the script, Diggs knew he wanted in. "I thought it would be nice to be part of a piece of art that pushes back against hatred," he says. "And I think something about framing this story from the really personal narrative of a child gives us easy access to important ideas. It's impossible to apply your own cynicism to Wonder."

He continues: "I'd never done a movie before this so that has made it doubly special. When I showed up that first day of shooting and was hanging out with all of these magic kids, I thought if this is what movies are like, then I'm going to do movies! I could not have asked for a better experience." Diggs probed memories of his own favorite teachers to inhabit the role. "I modeled Mr. Browne after the 2 or 3 teachers who really changed everything for me," he says. "I also wanted to touch on the idea that when you teach, you are changed as much by your students as you hope that they are by you." He was enamored of Mr. Browne's daily precepts scrawled across the chalkboard. "I think Mr. Browne believes that if you really take these wise sayings to heart in your daily life, they can give you a framework for self-discovery. That's what matters to him," Diggs explains.

It is Mr. Browne who first gives the kids the quotation about choosing kindness, taken from a book by Wayne Dyer, often dubbed "the father of motivation." Says Palacio: "When I was writing Mr. Browne, Dyer's precept about choosing kindness came instantly into my head, and I thought that him setting that expectation would be a great way to start the school year, reminding kids what they are capable of."

For Diggs one of the most impactful scenes was the fight between Julian and Jack Will. In that moment, the line between real and make-believe blurred. "The tense, primal emotions in the hallway just ripped my heart out as Mr. Browne breaks up the fight. Then Jack Will collapses and starts crying in my arms. I'll never shake that memory," he admits.

The versatile Patinkin was always Palacio's first choice for the school's principled principal. She is a long-time fan, and he lived up to her impression. "Mandy brings a soulful humanity and wisdom to everything he does. He's gentle but with real gravitas and that is Mr. Tushman to me," she says. Patinkin went all in. "I wanted to do this because I was so moved by the story," he says. "In the world we're living in today, we have to confront racism, prejudice and xenophobia towards anyone different - and it's essential to have conversations about this."

Mr. Tushman's name sets the tone for Patinkin's light-yet-deep take on the character. (Palacio has confessed she had a college professor named Mr. Butt, an inspiration for the moniker.) "With that name Mr. Tushman had to have a self-deprecating humor, but at the same time he needed real authority. Mandy can do all of that. He can sell a joke in one scene and in another barely hold back tears," comments Lieberman.

In working with Tremblay, Patinkin says he saw something uncommon in an actor of any age group. "He knows how to listen," he observes. "He knows what many grownups in this world have forgotten or never learned in the first place: listening is all you need to be an actor, and he does it naturally."

Patinkin's own realism had Bryce Gheisar in tears while filming the scene when Julian is suspended. "I felt like I wasn't really even acting because listening to Mandy automatically brought tears to my eyes," shares Gheisar. "Then, between takes he helped me to laugh again by saying his lines from The Princess Bride - 'I am Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.' His generosity actually helped inspire me even more, because I wanted to be as good as I could be for Mandy."

One of Patinkin's biggest scenes is the film's climax, as the 5th grade class graduates after a tumultuous year. Palacio and her family became extras in the audience, giving her a chance to witness his speech. "Seeing Mr. Tushman's speech was a profound moment for me, because I remember so strongly writing that scene. It was like watching someone watching you watching someone else," she muses.

VIA'S SCHOOLMATES

"Sometimes you don't have to be mean to hurt someone." -- R.J. Palacio, Wonder

Just as Jacob starts his very first year at school, Via is also starting her first year at her new highschool - a tumultuous year during which she will struggle with friendships and be drawn into the wonders of first love. Two of her schoolmates become central characters:

Miranda:

Miranda was once Via's best friend, closer than close, but after a summer away, she's returned with new hair, a new attitude and a new disinterest in Via -- a crushing blow just when Via most needs someone in whom she can confide. Seventeen year-old Danielle Rose Russell took on the role with determination. "I fell so in love with the story, I remember emailing my agent stating 'I need to be on this,'" she recalls.

Russell especially loved how Miranda's story adds another layer of someone who feels misunderstood to the story, that of a child of divorce who is hiding deep insecurities that have led to a quest for popularity and a damaging lie. "Miranda's a really good person deep down, but she's kind of lost herself, so she rebels," explains Russell. "She starts high school with pink hair, edgy clothing and a nose ring -- that's the mask that she puts on. But behind that façade, she's hurting deep down."

It is Auggie who brings Via and Miranda to a reconciliation that makes their friendship more honest. "Miranda and Auggie have a really sweet dynamic," says Russell. "She calls him Major Tom after the Bowie song and she was the one who gave Auggie the astronaut helmet he wears into the world. Missing Auggie helps her to see how much she lost when she walked away from being friends with Via."

FUN FACT: She won the role by auditioning from her house in New Jersey over Skype. Justin:

When Miranda calls it quits as Via's best friend, Via finds herself desperately alone at her new school. Then she meets Justin, a "theatre nerd" and musician who convinces her to join the Drama Club. In the book, Palacio wrote Justin's chapter without any capitalization or punctuation to capture his stream-of-consciousness approach to life - and the filmmakers wanted an actor who could embody that physically.

Jeter, an actor, dancer and musician from Atlanta, had thought a lot about where Justin and Via connect. "Justin's an only child and he recognizes how much Via feels alone," he says. ""Justin wants to show Via that it's okay to feel hurt or sad at times, so long as you have somebody to really back you up." One of Jeter's biggest scenes is when he meets Auggie, whose very existence was initially kept secret from him. "When Justin finally meets Auggie, his first impression is similar to everyone's but Justin is not the typical guy who lets it show on his face. He holds back. Now he sees the challenges affecting Via. I love that Justin forms a bond with Auggie instantly. To me part of the power of the script is that you have some people who are on the inside looking out, and others who are on the outside looking in."

Palacio was taken with all the human touches Jeter brings to Justin. "In the book, Justin is a geeky theatre kid with glasses, but Nadji brings so much more," she says. "When I was writing Via, I really wanted her to have someone to be just hers, someone who really got her. Justin is that person."

AUGGIE'S FACE

"I wish every day could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks." -- Auggie

Of paramount importance to the entire look of the film was creating Auggie's unique face with equal parts authenticity and respect, a task that involved creative makeup, prosthetics and CGI.

"We went through a long R&D phase to figure out the most appropriate look and the best way to achieve it with the time constraints of working with a child actor. We wanted the makeup to be strong and real, but also, we wanted you to completely forget Auggie's look as the story takes off," says Hoberman. The naturalism of the final results gratified the cast. "The makeup is phenomenal because it doesn't look like makeup at all," comments Daveed Diggs. "And by keeping Jacob's own expressive eyes visible, that keeps you tied into his heart."

Overseeing the process was Special Makeup Effects Designer and Creator Arjen Tuiten, who recently transformed Angelina Jolie into Maleficent. For Wonder, Tuiten started with reality, keying into the physiological facts of Treacher-Collins syndrome, which typically leads to foreshortened cheekbones, diminutive ears and downturned eyes. Tuiten took Auggie's face through a series of makeup, lighting and visual effects tests to find just the right combination of features while allowing his personality to come through. Then he whittled the process down to a remarkably speedy metamorphosis for Tremblay. "Arjen is a makeup prodigy and he got the process down to 90 minutes each day. His work was then augmented by the visual effects house LOLA, who tweaked what couldn't be practically achieved," explains Lieberman.

Tremblay was as upbeat, outgoing and inquisitive as he always is during his prosthetic applications - because he understood why it was so essential to get it right. "Once I had it all on, I felt like Auggie. Without the prosthetics, I probably couldn't do as good of a job," he says. "Sometimes it did get itchy, but if you didn't think about it too much, it was like there was nice cozy warm cocoon around your head." During the pre-production tests, Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess, ASC, who has lent inventive visuals to such films as Forrest Gump and Cast Away, further developed a strategy for how to light Auggie. "We looked very closely at the shape of Auggie's face and how light touches that shape and how the skin grabs the light. Part of the idea was that we could adjust when we wanted him to feel he looks his worse and when he's feeling his best," Burgess explains.

Chbosky purposely didn't let the cast members see Tremblay in Auggie's makeup right up until the moment the cameras were rolling to preserve their natural reactions on camera.

AUGGIE'S COMMUNITY

"Me and Mom and Dad are planets orbiting the Sun. The rest of our family and friends are asteroids and comets floating around the planets orbiting the Sun." -- Via

The visual design of Wonder revolves around Auggie's enlarging world - spreading out from home to school and beyond. To craft it, Chbosky collaborated with an accomplished team including director of photography Don Burgess, production designer Kalina Ivanov and costume designer Monique Prudhomme. As a cinematographer who thrives on invention, Burgess soon found there was a lot to play with visually in the film. Early on, he made the choice to use the RED Weapon 6K camera which he says gave him maximum flexibility and the most unfiltered lens he could find to access the story's raw emotions.

To highlight the film's divergent perspectives, Burgess decided to take a different stylistic approach to each of the main characters' tales. "We gave each story its own special look with distinct color, lighting, and lenses," explains Burgess. "There is a consistent look to Auggie's POV but when we see the same event from a different perspective such as Via's, I change camera speeds to alter the mood. For Auggie, I used longer lenses to isolate his character more and to focus on him more on him as an individual."

The color palette also shifts. "The colors at home are cozier. But in school, it's very cool, because it's new and awkward. The longer Auggie is at school, the more it warms up," points out Burgess. Burgess worked with up to four cameras at a time to achieve maximum efficiency. "Kids can only work a limited number of hours per day and there are scenes in the movie with up to nine characters in the frame, so we decided to go with multiple cameras," he explains.

Collaborating closely with Burgess was Ivanov, whose centerpiece set was the Pullman home, infused with many whimsical details drawn from Palacio's book. Ivanov oversaw construction of a full-scale two-story, New York-style brownstone at the Braid Street warehouse stage in New Westminster, BC. Says Palacio: "Wonder is not just a New York story. It could take place at any time and any place in the history of the world. The setting Kalina created was more universal and perfect."

The movie opens in the sanctuary of Auggie's bedroom. "In his bedroom Auggie can dream and be himself without judgment," says Ivanov. "I presented to Stephen the concept that Auggie's bedroom should represent night. He liked the idea because night also ties into the darkness of outer space, which is Auggies' obsession. We didn't want the room to be too dark; there's whimsy to his character, so we painted each shelf in his bookcases a different color. We wanted to capture a boy who draws, dream, has many interests and possesses an infinitely rich soul."

One unusual touch in the bedroom is Auggie's growth chart, fashioned from 27 hospital bracelets, in a sense telling Auggie's story from birth. "We spent a lot of time designing Auggie's hospital bracelets and deciding on how to showcase them. At one point Stephen came up with a great twist of displaying them on a growth chart. After we tried that approach we realized that the camera format worked better if we arranged them on a rectangular corkboard," says Ivanov. "We were always working towards making it look like real people lived in this house."

The room was so detailed Tremblay didn't want to leave. "There were billions of cool things in there that I loved. Auggie has Star Wars Legos, a ceiling painted with stars and a light saber. Auggie even has his X-Box in his room; my X-Box is in the basement! I wish my X-Box was in my room," laughs Tremblay.

Auggie's bedroom is opposite to Via's room. "While Auggie has a night sky, Via has a mural of the day sky with clouds," describes Ivanov. "The idea is that their illustrator mother painted both murals as an emotional response to her children's personalities. Every item and color in the house has a meaning, and because Stephen is also a fiction writer he pays close attention to these themes."

Ivanov welcomed Palacio's input. "R.J. gave me some really interesting back stories for the characters, which are not in the book - for example, she said Isabel went to Rhode Island School of Design and Nate was a musician who went to Brown. Later, Nate decided to go into finances to give his son the best life he could possibly have. It was a gift to have all this knowledge. We wanted their home to be a real family home, not too tidy or perfect, but to feel truly like it belonged to people who have both joy and struggle in their lives."

For Beecher Prep, Ivanov used the 19th century school in Brooklyn where Palacio's children attended as a model. "Stephen had asked me to make the movie look timeless," says Ivanov, "so we avoided a lot of modern school technology. For Mr. Browne's room, we built classic green chalkboards with beautiful wood frames to add warmth. He loves his students so we filled his room with a lot of humorous personal notes he wrote to them. The room had very specific décor, and we changed it to accommodate the season's passing."

To recreate the catalytic science fair scene, the art department filled the gym with real kids' projects collected from local schools. The art department itself built Auggie and Jack Will's camera obscura.

The Heritage Woods school in British Columbia hosted almost 400 extras to stage Via's school play and Camp Howdy in Belcarra, BC, founded in the 40s, stood in for the Broarwood Nature Reserve where Auggie has his first sleep-away. "The location was a great find; we even saw a bear while scouting it," laughs Ivanov. "Camp Howdy is lovely, but not big, and it fit our story perfectly. Auggie is indoors for most of the film, and this sequence is the first time that he is outside in nature, so it was really important for the camp to be beautiful, but not overwhelming."

Amid such a wide array of characters, costume designer Monique Prudhomme had her work cut out for her, with some characters having 45 wardrobe changes. She started with Auggie. "We created a contrast between the intensity of Auggie's life experiences and the ordinariness of his look," she notes. "Auggie wears lots of hoodies at the beginning, but less and less as he grows more comfortable in his skin."

Simple as Auggie's clothing is, there were challenges. "We had to be really conscious of getting clothes over Jacob's head and adjusting them to hide the prosthetics," the designer explains. Via's clothing also undergoes subtle changes. "Via is like a flower that blooms," describes Prudhomme. "At the beginning, she's very reserved so I kept her clothes simple and quite youthful. But as she goes to high school and meets Justin, her femininity comes out."

For Julia Roberts' Isabel and Owen Wilson's Nate, Prudhomme drew on their backstories. "Isabel was an artist before Auggie came along, so I saw her expressing her imagination through clothes and jewelry. Our challenge was to create a real mom, but with an edge and a bit of funkiness," she says. "Nate had to feel a bit uptight in his suit, like his suit was scratchy to use Stephen's word. He works in finance, but to show that itchiness about it, I always put him in sneakers when he goes off to work."

Auggie's style contrasts with the kids he meets at school, especially Charlotte. "Stephen wanted to bring out Elle's exuberance and grace, so we gave her butterflies and sparkly things. Her joyous looks really stands out against Auggie in the beginning, but he comes to fit in," concludes Prudhomme.

THE SPACE HELMET AND CHEWBACCA

"I didn't destroy a Death Star or anything like that, but I did just get through the 5th grade." -- Auggie

If there is a safe space on earth for Auggie it is inside his space helmet, an accessory which not only keeps his face hidden but allows him to enter a cosmic fantasy world where he feels free and in mind of the unalloyed courage of his heroes: the Apollo 11 NASA astronauts who walked on the moon.

Finding the right helmet was essential. "The space helmet is Auggie's favorite thing and the one we used actually looks real," says Tremblay. "You can even press a button and the visor goes up. The space helmet makes Auggie feel pretty happy and normal, without worrying about people seeing his face."

The props department built the Auggie-sized astronaut helmet themselves, but for Auggie's space daydreams, a real child-sized NASA spacesuit was rented by the production. "We were quite lucky to find a company that made a kid's spacesuit," Prudhomme says. "It became a beautiful symbol of discovery."

To creature Auggie's intergalactic fantasies, Chbosky and Burgess used camera tricks to transport him out of this world. "We wanted to put Auggie into the extreme freedom of zero gravity. To do this, we used very high-speed cameras to simulate zero-G movement so he appears to truly be floating. You get the feeling of little Auggie in his little spacesuit actually being able to conquer gravity," describes Don Burgess. Space creatures also show up on earth when Auggie envisions Star Wars' Chewbacca roaming the halls of Beecher Prep. "We were so happy that Lucasfilm and Disney understood what the Star Wars characters mean to Auggie, so we could have Chewbacca be a part of our movie," says Hoberman.

"One of the top ten coolest things I've ever done is doing a scene with Chewbacca," says Daveed Diggs. "Seriously, my five-year-old self was freaking out. Chewie and I had a moment together and I have that forever. Best of all, he's exactly as cool of a dude as we think he is."

REAL-LIFE AUGGIES

"On the outside they may look different, on the inside they have the same feelings as you. It's not how you look, it's who you are." -- "Imagine This: A World Without Bullies" from Children's Craniofacial Association

From the start, the filmmakers wanted to bring the facial difference community into the inner fabric of the production - and to make sure their voices were heard. They began collaborating closely with several organizations including MyFace and the Children's Craniofacial Association (CCA). Both organizations had taken the popularity of the book as a chance to raise much greater awareness of craniofacial differences and bust through some of the social stigmas.

For Palacio, the love so many "real-life Auggies" have for her book has been as gratifying as its success. "The friendships I've formed with kids who have craniofacial differences have been incredibly special to me," she says. "It's been moving to see how Wonder has positively impacted their lives."

To learn more, the entire Tremblay family attended CCA's annual family retreat, a tradition started by CCA's national spokesperson, Cher. Jacob had a blast. "I made friends with many kids there, which I thought was wonderful." laughs Tremblay. "And while I was having fun, I learned a lot about kids with craniofacial syndromes and it really helped me to do this role the right way."

One family in particular would come to influence the film project: that of 12 year-old Nathaniel Newman, who has become close with Palacio. "A couple months after the book came out, Nathaniel's parents reached out to me and we had lunch. Although I didn't know him while I was writing, I discovered that Nathaniel was Auggie come-to-life," says Palacio. "Nathaniel has Treacher-Collins syndrome and looks a lot the way I imagined Auggie, and speaks the way I hear Auggie. He has great parents and a brother who doesn't have a craniofacial difference. Nathaniel has had to endure many surgeries and deal with a lot of the issues Auggie has. And like Auggie, he's loving, funny and brave beyond words."

Palacio brought Nathaniel - then recovering from his 56th surgery -- on as a consultant. "Nathaniel has given us truly personal access to what it might be like for someone like Auggie," says Lieberman. "While Auggie isn't real, I've now have had the pleasure of meeting real people just as amazing." Several other CCA families spent time on the Vancouver set, with every kid getting a chance to play with Auggie's helmet.

Palacio hopes there's just one thing audiences will take away about people with facial differences: "There is no issue with them. The issue is with all of us who are not seeing with the right eyes."

CHOOSE KIND

"If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary - the world really would be a better place." -- Mr. Tushman

Part of the Wonder phenomenon has been empowering young people to more confidently confront the poison of bullying, bigotry and ostracism. "The book has sparked international anti-bullying campaigns," notes Lieberman. "One of the most important things is that the story explores the many different ways people get bullied. Emotional bullying is a big deal to me, and it's one of the reasons I really responded to the book. Bad behavior has been going on forever, but with social media you now have people treating others unfairly on an even wider spectrum, so the need for these kinds of stories is more timely than ever."

Palacio now speaks with kids around the country about bullying as part of the Choose Kind movement started in response to the book, and has had thousands sign her Choose Kind pledge. She says it helps to remind kids that the attitude they have now towards others will affect them their whole lives.

"When I talk with kids, we talk about how you would want to be remembered 80 years from now. Do you want to be remembered for moments of unkindness? Or do you want to be remembered for being the person who was brave enough to go over to the new kid in class and make friends? That's when kids start to get it, when they start to see what they do even in a small way really, really matters for a long time."

But Palacio says that much as her book is anti-bullying that alone is not enough. She hopes the book and now the movie will inspire everyone to be proactive, to take the one extra step to give someone a boost or a helping hand. "Sometimes it doesn't take much at all to make a huge impact," she points out. "The best part about small acts is that you never know when you might actually be saving someone's life."

Palacio notes that the operative word in the Choose Kind movement is choose, something she thinks Stephen Chbosky and the cast and crew of Wonder brought to the fore in the movie. She concludes: ""You can't really mandate kindness. What you can do is inspire people to see and feel what it is like to walk in someone else's shoes."

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