Wonder

Wonder

by

R. J. Palacio

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Ms. Petosa Character Analysis

Ms. Petosa is August's homeroom teacher. She left her job on Wall Street to teach middle-school math, and students are divided on whether she's a hard teacher or a nice one. Though she's very kind to August, she's also woefully under-informed about Star Wars, which means that some of Julian's underhanded bullying gets by her undetected.

Ms. Petosa Quotes in Wonder

The Wonder quotes below are all either spoken by Ms. Petosa or refer to Ms. Petosa. 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.
August: Lamb to the Slaughter Quotes

Maybe no one got the Darth Sidious thing, and maybe Julian didn't mean anything at all. But in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Darth Sidious's face gets burned […] His skin gets all shriveled up and his whole face just kind of melts.

I peeked at Julian and he was looking at me. Yeah, he knew what he was saying.

Related Characters: August Pullman (speaker), Julian Albans, Ms. Petosa
Page Number: 44
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Ms. Petosa Character Timeline in Wonder

The timeline below shows where the character Ms. Petosa appears in Wonder. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
August: The Grand Tour
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
...the school. Julian shows him room 301, which is where they will have homeroom with Ms. Petosa . Julian and Charlotte argue over whether Ms. Petosa is nice, and then they head... (full context)
August: Locks
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
...Julian completely ignores August. Jack, however, sits right next to August and greets him warmly. Ms. Petosa waves the last few students into their seats and seems to hesitate for a second... (full context)
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
When Ms. Petosa gets to a boy named Henry, she notices that he's sitting in a seat with... (full context)
August: Around the Room
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
Ms. Petosa tells the class "boring" stuff about how she left her job on Wall Street to... (full context)
August: Lamb to the Slaughter
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
...Googled what "like a lamb to the slaughter" meant. He feels exactly like that when Ms. Petosa calls on him and asks him to speak up. When he introduces himself to the... (full context)