Author R. J. Palacio wheels from Wonder to a ghostly western in Pony

R.J. Palacio had the idea for Pony some eight years ago, but it was only during lockdown last year, that she began writing it. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF R. J. PALACIO, KNOPF BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
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SINGAPORE - When author R.J. Palacio's elder son was 12 or so, he had a dream about a boy in the old West whose face was half-covered in blood.

"A story started taking root in my mind about the boy with the half-red face," says the American children's author, 58, in an e-mail interview. "What happened to him? Who was he? How was he doing? I began to create a world in which that boy could exist."

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