Auction #8 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit with Author R.J. Palacio

Welcome to KidLit Cares, an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort to help communities recover from Superstorm Sandy. KidLit Cares was started by the very awesome Kate Messner, but I’m taking over Round 2. Agents, editors, authors, illustrators and other generous people have donated various services to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with donations being made directly to the Red Cross disaster relief fund. You can read more about KidLit Cares here.

Now, on to the auction!

From R.J. Palacio’s website: “I live in NYC with my husband, two sons, and two dogs. For many years, I was an art director and book jacket designer, designing covers for countless well-known and not so well-known writers in every genre of fiction and nonfiction. I always wanted to write, though. I kept waiting for the perfect time in my life to start writing, but after more than twenty years of designing book jackets for other people, I realized that the perfect time would never really present itself. It’s never the perfect time to start writing a book. So I decided to just go for it. Wonder is my first novel. And no, I didn’t design the cover, but I sure do love it.”

The winner of this auction will receive a 45 minute Skype visit.

Opening Bid: $30

*Note: Due to Thanksgiving, we have added an extra day to this auction. This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 23. Any bids placed after that time will be void.

If you’d like to bid on this auction, check the current high bid and place a higher bid by leaving your name and bid amount in the comments, along with some way to contact you (email, FB or Twitter…I’m not fussy.) Winners will be notified when the auction ends and should be prepared to make an online donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund in the amount of the high bid at that time.  After you’ve made your donation, you’ll forward your receipt to me, and I’ll put you in touch with the person who donated the service you won so that the two of you can work out the details about how and when.   All services will be provided at the convenience of both the person making the donation and the auction winner, but this should happen within three months of the auction’s end unless something else is agreed upon by both parties.

Good luck and thanks for your help!

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10 responses

  1. Marie-Anne Azar Ward

    My daughter and I loved Wonder and recommended it to everyone. Now the 5th grade is reading it together with their librarian! I would like to bid $50 on behalf of my children’s school Keene Central in Keene Valley, NY, an area hard hit by Tropical Strom Irene in August 2011. I would be responsible for the payment. Marie-Anne Azar Ward,

    November 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm

  2. Jennifer Meizels

    I will bid $100! My classes would LOVE this!

    November 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm

  3. Kristen

    I would like to bid $150.00.

    November 12, 2012 at 6:34 pm

  4. $175

    November 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm

  5. I would like to bid $200. My class would love this!

    November 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm

  6. Lauren


    November 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm

  7. What an amazing opportunity! I would love to share this with our students. $250

    November 13, 2012 at 11:50 pm

  8. Marcia

    We would love to Skype with her. We bid $275.

    November 20, 2012 at 8:16 am

  9. Our students adore Wonder! This would be such a gift to them! Choose Kind! We bid $300.

    November 20, 2012 at 8:54 am

  10. This auction is now closed. The winner is the highest bidder whose comment and high bid are posted directly above this “end of auction” notice (any bids that are posted after this notice are void). If you’re the winner, please make sure your contact information is correct, so I can get a hold of you to let you know you’ve won. Once I confirm to you in an e-mail that you are the high bidder, please make your donation in the amount of your bid to the Red Cross at the link below. Please don’t make your donation until after I confirm to you that you’ve won, just in case.

    Once you have made your donation, please e-mail a copy of your receipt and the name/number of your auction to me at Once I’ve received that, I will get in touch with the donor so you can connect and work out the finer details of your auction.

    If you were not the winner, please consider still making a donation to the Red Cross—every little bit helps!

    Thank you for your donations, efforts and for spreading the word about this important cause.


    November 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm