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Wonderstruck
by Brian Selznick
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 8+
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 830L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2011
NO. PAGES: 608
GENRE{S}: Historical Fiction
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Mixed
AWARD{S}:
ALA-ALSC Childrens Notable Book
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Kirkus Reviews - Best Children or Starred Review
Schneider Family Book Award
Parents Choice Award
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
ISBN: 0545027896
READ & REVIEWED BY: Jen - StorySnoop


The Story
Wonderstruck—Book Review

Fifty years apart, Ben and Rose are each struggling at home and face further challenges because they are deaf. In 1927, Rose longs for a mother who just can't be there for her. In 1977, Ben longs for a mother who recently died and a father he has never met. With hope in their hearts, both children leave home alone in search of their dreams in New York City. When their stories become intertwined, Ben and Rose discover something wonderful that they hadn't even set out to find.
The Scoop
Wonderstruck—Book Review
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Written by the highly decorated author of The Adventures of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstuck is another beautifully conceived novel that alternates between pictures and words. The illustrations that tell the story of Rose communicate as powerfully as the words that tell the story of Ben. Both characters run away from home on parallel journeys--one in search of an absentee mother, and the other in search of the father he has never met. The fact that they are deaf does not stop either child from pursuing their dreams or overcoming obstacles. There is an interesting theme about a person being like a cabinet of wonders in a museum. Each person has the opportunity to curate the objects that go in their cabinet in order to tell the story of who they are. Readers who enjoy science will delight in this story's primary setting--the Museum of Natural History in New York City.
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by iluvchocolate {YOUTH}
on Sunday, November 13th, 2011 09:47:16 PM

Wonderstruck is a very good book. I really loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret. This book was not as good, but it was still interesting. The beginning of the book was confusing, but then I realized that it was a different story. I liked this book and I would recommend this to people ages 10-16.
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Wonderstruck—Book Review

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