R.J. Palacio is the author of Wonder, the number-one New York Times bestseller about a boy born with a facial difference who enters a mainstream school for the first time. She is the parent of a Bowdoin student and lives in New York City with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.

Palacio visited campus to deliver a lecture about how she came to write the book, and how it has sparked the “Choose Kind” movement.

The event was sponsored by the education department.