Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 608 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Buy the Book: Amazon
Set fifty years apart, two independent stories—Ben's told in words and Rose's in pictures—weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder.
Ever since his mom died, Ben feels lost.
At home with her father, Rose feels alone.
He is searching for someone, but he is not sure who.
She is searching for something, but she is not sure what.
When Ben finds a mysterious clue hidden in his mom's room,
When a tempting opportunity presents itself to Rose
Both children risk everything to find what's missing.
Wonderstruck was absolutely, amazingly beautiful. It starts out with Ben's story, written in normal text, and quickly switches to the story of Rose, communicated completely in pictures. And by pictures I mean the most astoundingly intricate drawings you'll ever see. I feel like I connect so much more with Brian Selznick's books because of the pictures. Both in The Invention of Hugo Cabret and in Wonderstruck everything was portrayed so perfectly in the artwork that I could easily picture everything that went on, and I was much more invested in the lives of the characters than I would normally be when reading a "normal" book. And although it is technically "Middle Grade"I would honestly recommend it to any age, it is a story that could definitely be appreciated by kids and adults alike.
And if you would like to see some of Brian's gorgeous artwork, check out this "sneak peek:"