Bestselling novelist of Wonder, R. J. Palacio is making her graphic novel debut with White Bird: A Wonder Story which she also illustrates. It tells the story of a young Jewish girl hidden away by a boy and his family in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, it’ll be out October 1st supported by a tour (details below) that all kick off at this year’s New York Comic Con on Thursday, October 3rd (4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Room 1A18) where she will, be appearing on a panel called Sharing One’s Truths: Non-fiction, Memoir, Historical Fiction, and More alongside Erin Williams (Commute), J. Michael Straczynski (Becoming Superman), Liana Finck (Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self), and Lauren Tarshis (I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912), in conversation with Tres Dean (For Your Consideration: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson).
In White Bird: A Wonder Story, Palacio tells and illustrates Grandmère’s complete story—her fairy-tale life before the war, the harsh restrictions and edicts that abruptly changed everything, and how the boy she and her classmates once shunned became her savior and best friend. Grandmère’s harrowing experience movingly demonstrates the power of kindness to change hearts, build bridges, and even save lives.
Oh, and here’s the tour dates too, covering a great deal of America as well as parts of Europe.