If you loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick’s latest novel Wonderstruck–told as two stories, one in words and one in pictures–will keep you reading until the very last page. In 1977, twelve-year old Ben first loses his mother and soon after his hearing when he is struck by lightning. After discovering some clues in his mother’s belongings, he runs away to New York in search of his father. Fifty years earlier, a deaf girl named Rose departs to find the movie star Lillian Mayhew, who we learn is her mother. Each child’s personal quest leads them to an adventure at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The two stories weave back and forth until they form a special connection in the conclusion.
A wonderful comparison can be made if you read an earlier classic, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg where two children run away to the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Then plan your own scavenger hunt uncovering similarities that Selznick has included in Wonderstruck.
Book reviewed by Marsha D., Youth Services Assistant