Topic: Wonder: R.J. Palacio
When Miranda sees that Via's family is in attendance at the play, she pretends to be ill so Via can play her role instead. Miranda's parents aren't there to see her. They divorced the summer before Miranda started high school. When she went away to camp that summer, she pretended that August was her little brother instead of Via's. She wanted to do this so she could be popular. The lie made her popular, and she began hanging out with the cool crowd who smoked and sneaked through the woods at night to hang out with boys. When Miranda got back home, she felt embarrassed about her lie and didn't want Via to find out, so she started hanging out with Ella instead. After the play, Miranda sees August get lost in the crowd, and she brings him back to his parents. Her and Via make up and become friends again.