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Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
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May 05, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: roser_top-25

Type of book: Realistic fiction
Intended audience: Ages 9 and up

Selznick's Wonderstruck is 608 pages and covers two stories that are set fifty years apart. One is told through words and the other via pictures. The first story takes place in 1977 when Ben, who just lost his mother, travels to New York City to look for his father. The second story takes place in 1927 when Rose, a young girl from New Jersey, travels to New York City to look for her idol, a movie star. Both children are deaf and are struggling to find what they are looking for in a world where hearing is normal and sometimes taken for granted. Fifty years apart, they are going through similar experiences and both long to be part of a community.

Illustrations:
Rose's story is entirely told in illustrations.

Lessons:
--Physical differences between people/deaf community
--History: United States in the 1920s and the 1970s

Book Pairing:
--City of Orphans, Avi (author), Greg Ruth (illustrator): this is NYC in 1893, but a history of child labor laws could be brought up and a timeline project could be made, incorporating the two characters in Wonderstruck.
--Kami and the Yaks, Andrea Stenn Stryer (Author) and Bert Dodson (Illustrator)
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