Wonder

Wonder

by

R. J. Palacio

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Grans is Mom's mom and Via and August’s grandmother. She's from Brazil, and prior to her death several years before the start of the novel, she maintained a very close relationship with both Mom and Via. Grans often cared for Via while August underwent surgery. On one of those longer visits, Grans made it clear to Via that she's looking out for her in particular, since she recognizes that Via doesn't have the parental support she truly desires. Grans died the day before Halloween, which makes Halloween a difficult holiday for both Mom and Via.

Grans Quotes in Wonder

The Wonder quotes below are all either spoken by Grans or refer to Grans. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Knopf edition of Wonder published in 2012.
Via: Seeing August Quotes

"I love Auggie very, very much," she said softly […] "But he has many angels looking out for him already, Via. And I want you to know that you have me looking out for you."

Related Characters: Grans (speaker), August Pullman, Via Pullman 
Page Number: 87
Explanation and Analysis:
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Grans Character Timeline in Wonder

The timeline below shows where the character Grans appears in Wonder. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Via: Before August
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
...but family members say she was confused that he didn't look like the baby doll Grans had given her to practice being a big sister. After a little while, Via warmed... (full context)
Via: Seeing August
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
...way that others see him. However, when she was eleven, she went to stay with Grans for four weeks while August had his jaw surgery. It was the first time that... (full context)
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
Via says that Grans was the kind of grandma who did everything with her grandkids. That month with Grans... (full context)
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
On Via and Grans' last day together, they watched the sunset together. Grans had told Via a secret: she... (full context)
Via: Genetics 101
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
Via explains that Dad's family is Jewish, while Mom's family is Brazilian. Except for Grans and Grans' husband, who lived in the U.S., everyone else still lives in Brazil. Mom... (full context)
Via: October 31
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
Grans died the night before Halloween, so it's always a sad time of year for Via... (full context)
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
Via wakes up on Halloween thinking about Grans, and she feels sad and weepy. Dad is in a bad mood and ends up... (full context)
August: Heaven
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
...tired and tells August to go to sleep, but August asks if Daisy is with Grans in heaven. He wants to know if people look the same in heaven and if... (full context)