Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick is two captivating stories. One is told in words (Ben’s) and one in pictures (Rose’s). Ben’s mother has recently died and he’s living with his cousins at Gunflint Lake, Minnesota. He has never known his father and wonders about him because his mother never talked about him.  Ben is deaf in one ear but uses it to his advantage.One night, caught in a storm while visiting his old house, Ben discovers a book and a bookmark that will send him on an exciting and unpredictable journey to discover himself and his father.

Told completely in pictures, Rose’s story is a dramatic one. She runs around New York by herself, even though she looks only around 10-years-old. Selznick portrays so much in just one image. His detailed drawings left me wonderstruck as I turned each page.

As Ben and Rose’s stories come together Wonderstruck gave me a new way to look at the world. I highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Sabine, Teen Advisory Board member

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