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Wonderstruck (Schneider Family Book Award - Middle School Winner) (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Brian Selznick (Author)

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Title:Wonderstruck (Schneider Family Book Award - Middle School Winner)
Authors:Brian Selznick (Author)
Info:Scholastic Press (2011), Edition: F First Edition, 608 pages
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Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (2011)

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    From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg (bell7)
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    The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Unoriginality)
    Unoriginality: Same author. Filled with many beautiful illustrations like in Wonderstruck. In my opinion it is superior to Wonderstruck.
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    Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson (kaledrina)

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great book. the mix between text and illustration is just perfect. highly recommended ( )
  EBassett | Mar 20, 2019 |
The story was about a boy named Ben, when he was trying to call a relative during a lightning storm and the electricity through the phone made him deaf and then he blacked out and when he woke up, he couldn't hear anything and his grandma was right next to him on his bed and she was super worried about him and then he stood up and ran away, to try and find his father and he ended up in a museum, and meet another boy who new sign language and he had a secret spot where they would hangout and eat and read all day in an then Ben finally found his father and went back home. ( )
  EvieG.G3 | Jan 13, 2019 |
As magical, satisfying, beautiful, and deeply researched as his others (The Invention of Hugo Cabret; The Marvels), Wonderstruck is the story of two linked characters who don't know they're linked; in fact, they don't know the other exists. Ben's story is told in text, Rose's in pencil illustrations, until the two meet, and their combined story is told in text and pictures, seamlessly.

1977: Ben has grown up in Gunflint Lake, Minnesota, with his mom, a librarian, but when she dies in a car accident, he is left with his aunt and uncle and cousins.

1927: Rose is a deaf girl whose parents keep her housebound in Hoboken, though she can see the New York skyline from her window. She sneaks out to silent movies, and then into the city when she sees an ad for a show her mother is in. Her mother greets her less than warmly, and it's her brother Walter who rescues her.

The pair of runaways meet up in New York; Ben has come seeking his father, based on small clues his mother left behind: a book called Wonderstruck, a bookmark from a shop called Kincaid's, and a handwritten note. New York in the '70s is dangerous and overwhelming, and Ben, who was born deaf in one ear, recently lost the hearing in his other due to a lightning strike. He is rescued, in a fashion, by a boy whose father works at the American Museum of Natural History, where Ben hides out for a few days (hat tip to The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler). It is here, and then at Kincaid's, that Ben and Rose's path's cross, and they discover each other's identities.

Many themes and interests run throughout this book: lightning strikes and blackouts, Deaf culture, silent movies (and the transition to "talkies"), the AMNH and how its dioramas are made, the New York World's Fair and the Panorama, friendship and familial love. There is an extensive Acknowledgements section and a Selected Bibliography.


What would it be like to pick and choose the objects and stories that would go into your own cabinet? How would Ben curate his own life? And then, thinking about his museum box, and his house, and his books, and the secret room, he realized he'd already begun doing it. Maybe, thought Ben, we are all cabinets of wonders. ( )
  JennyArch | Dec 31, 2018 |
It was fun to see the two stories merge, but Rose just blathered on the backstory forever. ( )
  morbusiff | Sep 20, 2018 |
This one just didn't do it for me. To compare it with The Invention of Hugo Cabret, it wasn't as enchanting or visually engaging. On its own, it was a solid book with sympathetic characters but for some reason I just found it depressing and a bit boring.
  aratiel | Sep 5, 2018 |
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The two stories come together at the climax of the book, which manages to incorporate an impressive array of heartfelt issues: everything from education for the deaf to friendship, love of collecting, conservation, memories and dioramas. As I turned the pages my heart was well and truly warmed in that way beloved of a certain type of American children's literature – earnest, life affirming, educational, and impossible to dislike. Reaching the end I leafed back through the 460 pages of Wonderstruck, admiring the pictures, all thoughts of my daughter now banished. Honestly, Brian, I do know how you can be bothered.

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"Sooner or later, the lightning comes to us all."

-Gregory Maguire
'A lion among men'
This book is dedicated to Maurice Sendak.
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Something hit Ben Wilson and he opened his eyes.
He discovered a small blue book, its covers soft and creased with age. On the front, the title was stamped in black letters: WONDERSTRUCK. He flipped through the pages. The book was about the history of museums. On the back it said: Published by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York.
Ben remembered reading about curators in Wonderstruck, and thought about what it meant to curate your own life, as his dad had done here. What would it be like to pick and choose the objects and stories that would go into your own cabinet? How would Ben curate his own life? And then, thinking about his museum box, and his house, and his books, and the secret room, he realized he’d already begun doing it. Maybe, thought Ben, we are all cabinets of wonders.
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Ben et Rose aimeraient bien que leur vie soit différente . Ben vient de perdre sa mere . Rose rêve d'une mystérieuse actrice . Un jour Ben découvre dans la chambre de sa mère , un indice qui l'intrigue . Un jour Rose lit dans la presse un article qui la fascine . Dès lors , chacun part en quête de son identité... à New York ! Mais Ben vit en 1977 et Rose en 1927...
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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.… (more)

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