Wonderstruck (Schneider Family Book Award - Middle School Winner)

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 8W5.426125
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.
Hardcover, 640 pages
Published on September 13, 2011 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0545027896
ISBN-13: 9780545027892
156 Book Reviews
  • adroit_avimimus
    adroit_avimimusabout 1 year55 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.
    • inmemoryofcpr
      inmemoryofcprabout 3 years55 stars
      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.
      • aaa57
        aaa57over 3 years44 stars
        Loved the pictures
        • aaa57
          aaa57over 3 years44 stars
          I read this book a long time ago but what I remember was good. I want to read it again.
          • kittykatalmost 4 years
            i have to read this for battle of the books
            • chlooe
              chlooealmost 4 years55 stars
              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.
              • bookstory14
                bookstory14over 4 years55 stars
                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.
                • wolfiethewolf
                  wolfiethewolfover 4 years55 stars
                  This is a really great book. It has some of the stories told in words and some of the story told in pictures. One of the character's story is told in words and another character's story in all told in pictures. Spoiler Alert: Two of the characters story will meet at the end of the book.
                  • Steve2357over 4 years
                    Is this book so sad and is it okay for 5 th grades
                    • bookworm_artist
                      bookworm_artistover 4 years
                      Wonderstruck is a story divided in two: one in words and the other in pictures. This story follows the life of Ben and Rose: but they're set fifty years apart. Ben longs for a dad he never had and Rose wishes to follow in the steps of a famous actress whose life she scrapbooks. But they will soon find out a secret that even will surprise the readers. This story by Brian Selznick is a book you won't want to put down.