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Wonderstruck

A Novel in Words and Pictures
Selznick, Brian (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben's story is told in words; Rose's in pictures.
Authors: Selznick, Brian
Statement of Responsibility: Brian Selznick
Title: Wonderstruck
a novel in words and pictures
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 637 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 635-637)
Summary: Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben's story is told in words; Rose's in pictures.
Subject Headings: Families Fiction Diorama Fiction Deaf Fiction People with disabilities Fiction American Museum of Natural History Fiction Museums Fiction Runaways Fiction New York (N.Y.) History 20th century Fiction Families Juvenile fiction. 8\ JFD 12-555
Topical Term: Families
Diorama
Deaf
People with disabilities
Museums
Runaways
Families
LCCN: 2011009113
ISBN: 9780545027892
0545027896
Branch Call Number: J FIC S
Research Call Number: JFD 12-555
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In two intertwining stories - one told in words and the other only in pictures - an orphan and a lonely deaf girl find common ground in New York City despite very different lives and experiences.


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Aug 02, 2014
  • mishamurali rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brian Selznick strikes again! Wonderstruck has left me wonderstruck as well. There is beautiful imagery combined with writing. Two stories, two different ways of story-telling and one incredible bond!!!!

Jul 12, 2014
  • acciomanga rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I couldn't put the book down! I finished it in a day!

May 16, 2014
  • CATLIN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have been a fan of Selznick since Boy of a Thousand Faces came out. He really hit his stride with that book! Wonderstruck does not disappoint; the man writes and illustrates fabulous books! great story!

Apr 24, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The wolves will not stop chasing Ben through his dreams. They are wild and persistent, leaving paw prints in the snow next to Gunflint Lake, Minnesota: The boy's home. Jump back fifty years. Rose lives just outside of New York City, where the bright lights and tall towers tempt her to visit--much against her parents’ wishes. Though separated by time, Ben and Rose are both looking for a place where they can belong. Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/wonderstruck_selznick

Apr 06, 2014
  • JeanL rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book and so did my 7 year old. We especially loved the details in the illustrations after Ben meets Rose.

Aug 09, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

:( not very good compared to Hugo

This book is a story of two deaf children taking place in different time periods. The first is about a boy who lost his mother, and is trying to find out who his father is. The second is about a girl whose mother is a movie star that doesn't care about her, and never sees her. She is trying to see her mother again. This book may seem big, but it is mostly pictures. I highly reccomend it.

I love this novel ! So exciting to read ! I have been mindblown and Wonderstruck. I like the plot very much and I rate it a 5 out of 5.

Jan 05, 2013
  • andreajang rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

it is so amazing it has a girl and a boy and it's really cool its like a mystery with the two of them. For e.g. the girl writes something on the peace of paper and when the boy reades it, it does not look the same like it does not have the same words IN IT THERE in different time.

I WILL TELL YOU GUYS THAT YOU SHOULD GET THIS BOOK TO READ

:)

Jul 24, 2012
  • SilverSparrow rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book was so so amazing. I loved the story and the illustrations- so unique and gorgeous. I just loved it. It was so interesting and different- I've never read a book like it.
It WAS a tiny bit predictable, but that's okay...

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Jul 28, 2014
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  • andreajang rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Sep 30, 2012
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Jul 29, 2012
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Feb 27, 2012
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Jun 13, 2014
  • Omadahl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One story told through pictures and the other through words. Selznick weaves the stories of Rose and Ben together beautifully. Ben, who is deaf in one ear, loses his mother and has to live with his aunt and uncle. Rose is also deaf and dreams of becoming an actress. Ben and Rose leave their homes in hope of finding what is missing in their lives.

Jun 04, 2014
  • ZanathShadow14 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ben and Rose are two very different children who have two things in common - they are both deaf and they both live with people who don't seem to understand them. Thought his might not seem to be much, these things are going to set them both on amazing adventures that will, in the end, leave them both - Wonderstruck.
Written with the same combination of engaging writing and beautifully rendered pencil drawings that captivated readers in The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck takes you on a spectacular adventure that will leave you wanting more!

Mar 25, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ben: Gunflint Lake, Minnesota, June 1977. Rose: Hoboken, New Jersey, October 1927. Ben’s Story – written: Newly orphaned when his mother dies, Ben comes to believe that he has a father, hitherto unknown, living in New York City. When an accident involving a telephone and a bolt of lightning renders him deaf, he sets out for the big city in search of clues to who his father really is. Rose’s Story – seen almost solely in pictures: A seeming prisoner in her own home, Rose too sets out for New York City to see the actress Lillian Mayhew for reasons of her own. The two children both end up in The American Museum of Natural History and both discover something there that will help to give them what they need to solve their own problems. And in that discovery, they will find one another.

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Aug 04, 2014
  • mishamurali rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Maybe, thought Ben, we are all cabinets of wonders.”

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