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Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
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Oct 02, 11

bookshelves: 10th-grade
Read on October 01, 2011

Summmary throughCharacters:
Ben - The story starts when his mother has just died in 1977, and he's living with his aunt and uncle, still in Gunflint Lake, just 82 steps from his and his mother's old house. He doesn't know of his father, the one time he asked, his mother burst into tears, and having no desire to have that happen, he doesn't ask. When he goes back to his house, he explores his mother's room and finds a locket with a picture of a man. Next, he finds a bookmark with an address in a book with an inscription to his mother, love, Dan. Ben figures that this man must be his father, and decides to call the number on the bookmark. While calling, lightning strikes due to a storm outside and causes Ben to go deaf in that ear, and since he was deaf in his other ear, this makes him deaf completely. After being taken to the hospital, he sneaks out and takes a bus to NYC, where his father is.
Jamie - Meets Ben and discovers that he is deaf in the AMNH (American Museum of Natural History) where his (Jamie's) father works. Jamie takes Ben to his secret room in the AMNH and Ben stays there for a couple of days, discovering that find his dad isn't as easy as he thought. When Jamie first met Ben, he was at a bookstore named Kincaid's which appeared to be closed, but really had moved. While Jamie knew this, he didn't want to tell Ben because Ben was his first friend in a very long time. When he does tell Ben, ben rushes over, but not without yelling at Jamie first.
Rose - Her story starts out in New Jersey in 1927, living with her father. She is deaf and runs away to NYC where she gets lost in the AMNH and her brother, who works their, finds her. Fast forward to 1977, she has become old, and is in Kincaid's, which was started and is run by her brother, and Ben comes in. She recognizes him because she has met him once before, when he was four, and because they are family. She is speaking in sign language with her brother. She and Ben eventually leave the store and go to the Queens Museum of Art, specifically to the Panorama. She explains to Ben about how his father was her son (Dan), which makes her Ben's grandmother, and how Dan has gone to Gunflint Lake for work and fell in love with Ben's mother. Ben's mother couldn't go to New York, and Dan couldn't stay in Gunflint Lake, so they parted. Later, because Dan had a heart condition, he died when Ben was four, without ever knowing about him (the funeral is where Rose met Ben).
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