Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

    Review by:  Lisa

Title;  Wonderstruck

Author:  Brian Selznick

Collection:  Childrens Fiction

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.

As a big fan of Selznick’s previous book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, (which won the Caldecott Award for illustrated children’s books in 2008) I was looking forward to his next creation.  Two stories are told simultaneously in the pages of the book, one strictly through illustrations and the other with words.  As the stories progress, the paths of the two stories relate more and more until the  two gradually come together with a powerful finale that is truly wonderful.  The illustrations are once again spectacular, and the book is an enjoyable read.  Tweens should not be intimidated by the large size of the book, as many of the panels are illustrations.


Teen Read Week is an initiative of the  Young Adult Library Services Association(YALSA). Teen Read Week started in 1998. This year’s theme is Picture It @ your library®, which encourages teens to read graphic novels and other illustrated materials, seek out creative books, or imagine the world through literature, just for the fun of it. Libraries across the world celebrate Teen Read Week with a variety of special events and programs aimed at encouraging teens to read for pleasure and to visit their libraries for free reading materials.

To help celebrate, the Allegany County Library System Collections Blog will feature books that teens will love to read!

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