|“||It's not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend.||”|
— Charlotte Cody, Wonder
Charlotte Cody is a character in Wonder, as well as the main character in Shingaling: A Wonder Story. Charlotte is a student at Beecher Prep and one of August's welcoming buddies when he visits the school. Over time, she becomes close friends with Summer and Ximena, due to the dance performance that they are all part of. Charlotte loved the dance, she thought it was so great!
Charlotte tries out to be in the dance recital. Along with Summer and Ximena, she is chosen by their instructor, Mrs. Atanabi, to be part of it.
R.J. Palacio on Charlotte
"I think a lot of kids can relate to Charlotte. She’s nice enough, but she never really goes out of her way to be kind to Auggie. She’ll wave hello from a distance, but she never sits down with him. She helps Jack behind the scenes, but she never openly sides with him. She’s a good girl, but she’s not quite brave enough to act on her good instincts. That kind of bravery sometimes doesn’t come until you’re older, and sometimes doesn’t come at all. She represents the difference between simply being nice, and choosing to be kind, which is a main theme of the book. She’s the classic bystander, though I think by the end of the book she’s become aware of this. Her precept shows this. I think in the sixth grade, she’ll be an upstander, not a bystander."