The Wonderling by Mira Bartók

Hello, Mira Bartók! Thank you for dropping by to chat with me about The Wonderling, reading, school libraries, and elevators. What planted the seed for The Wonderling?

Mira Bartók: It was a confluence of things coming together at the same time: a random sketch I did of a one-eared creature while listening to Dickens audio books, thinking a lot about the history of wonder after trying unsuccessfully to write a non-fiction book for adults on the subject, and thinking about the refugee crisis which was constantly going on in the background. And then, of course, there was my little dog Sadie who looks a lot like Arthur/Number 13 who is always an inspiration, and then, there were those dreams I always have about strange creatures who talk to me....

I am excited The Wonderling movie is currently in development. What’s the best way for your fans to follow updates about the movie?

Mira Bartók: The best way to find out more about the movie is to visit my News section on my website

I also tweet updates (@mirabartok) and post news on both my Facebook page or my Wonderling page. 

Please finish these sentence starters:

Reading is how I start and end every day, seven days a week. It reminds me that I am never alone in the world, and that no matter what, there is always hope and wonder. 

School libraries are our sanctuaries.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me about my fondness for dancing in elevators and trying not to get caught when the doors open. :-)

Borrow The Wonderling from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 


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