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Wonderstruck

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ISBN13:

9780545027892

ISBN10:
0545027896
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
9/13/2011
Publisher(s):
Scholastic Press
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Summary

Playing with the form he created in his trailblazing debut novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick once again 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#x19;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#x19;s told in words, Rose#x19;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--Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.

Author Biography

In addition to The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and The New York Times Best Illustrated Walt Whitman: Words for America, both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor Winner When Marian Sang, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, and numerous other celebrated picture books and novels. Brian has also worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. When he isn’t traveling to promote his work all over the world, he lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

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From Wonderstruck

When Ben opened his eyes, he was lying on the floor, staring at the ceiling.
Something smelled terrible and burnt. Thankfully the rain had stopped and everything was silent and peaceful. He could go back to his cousins' house now.
He wanted to get up but he felt so tired. The bed, the nightstand and the dresser seemed so far away, as if Ben were looking at them through the wrong end of his telescope. In the distance, he saw the blue telephone.
It was off the hook and seemed to be smoldering. Then, through the windows, he saw something that seemed impossible. He saw rain still pouring down from the sky, streaking hard against the glass



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