Wonderstruck (Schneider Family Book Award - Middle School Winner)

Wonderstruck (Schneider Family Book Award - Middle School Winner)

By Brian Selznick

109 ratings 157 reviews 222 followers
Interest Level Reading Level Reading A-Z ATOS Word Count
Grades 4 - 8 Grades 4 - 8 W 5.4 26125
In this groundbreaking tour de force, Caldecott Medalist and bookmaking pioneer Brian Selznick sails into uncharted territory and takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey.

Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother's room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.

Set fifty years apart, these two independent stories--Ben's told in words, 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. Rich, complex, affecting, and beautiful--with over 460 pages of original artwork--Wonderstruckis a stunning achievement from a gifted artist and visionary.
Publisher: Scholastic Press
ISBN-13: 9780545027892
ISBN-10: 0545027896
Published on 9/13/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Number of pages: 640

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Oh, this book is beautiful in every way possible!

I really want to read this book

This book is about 2 deaf children, Ben and Rose, 50 years apart. This book tells us how deaf children has experienced in 1900s. Ever since Ben`s mother, the librarian, has died due to an car accident, Ben started to find even more shocking secrets that his mother has never told him. And in Rose`s time, Rose always collecting an news or pictures of an celebrity, Lillian Mayhew, which came shocking to its readers, Lillian is actually Rose`s mother! Then in the ending, We discovered that Rose is actually Ben`s grandmother, and Ben has decides that he would stay in NYC for a while before going back to home in Minnesota. I`m definitely recommend this book! I also rate this book 5 stars.

I had to read this for an ELA unit for my class. I honestly wasn't expecting much from it, except long hours sitting in class with a teacher reading it all hour. I was actually impressed by the time and effort the author put into this book to show the reader how small this world really may be. I was both touched and heartbroken in some parts of the book, but in the end, I was fantasized, and wanted more. I reccommend this book for any reader willing to read it and understand for themselves.

Two different eras. Two different children. Two different wishes. One intertwined adventure. Ben has always wanted to meet his unknown father. Rose follows the life of an actress in a scrapbook. Then Ben finds an address in his mother's room, and he goes out to seek his father. Also, Rose reads a controversial headline of an newspaper and runs away to find her idol. But when Ben discovers that his father is dead and that he is an orphan and Rose finds out that her idol is more than meets the eye, both of them soon meet. They discover that Rose is actually Ben's grandmother and that Ben's dad died. Finally finding an answer, they both become content. I would recommend this book for ages 10 + I loved how at the end the stories became intertwined. Though at the beginning it was sort of confusing, everything was sorted out in the end. As, usual, this is another masterpiece of Brian Selznick.

Loved the pictures

I read this book a long time ago but what I remember was good. I want to read it again.

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i have to read this for battle of the books

I just finished this book 20 minutes ago & I like how the artist took their time drawing and sketching & I also like how they didn't give up on the drawing. What I think can improve about the book is that they could add more details to what's happening and more dialogue. But at the same time, the story is pretty good, I've got to say.

I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. This is an amazing book about a boy named Ben in the more recent days. It is also about a girl named Rose who is deaf. Rose runs away to find her mother, who is a famous actor. Her mother treats her unkindly and locks her into a room. Rose escapes and runs away. I loved this book because it had words and it also had pictures. There's that suspense when you think WHAT DO ROSE AND BEN HAVE IN COMMON!?!?!??! Then you find out and you're like OH. I have checked this out from my public and school library 10 times and watched the movie too. If there is one book that leaves you struck with wonder, its Wonderstruck.

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