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Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Middle School Fiction

VG/A Selznick, Brian. Wonder Struck. Scholastic Press, 2011. 640p. 978-0-545-02789-2. 29.99.

Selznick’s latest novel intertwines two stories through illustrations and words. The first story is of Ben in Minnesota in 1977. He is hearing impaired and searching for clues about his father. His journey leads him to New York City and the Museum of Natural History. The illustrated story is about Rose in 1927. She too is hearing impaired and runs away to New York City to see her actress mother and stay with her older brother. Although beginning 50 years apart, the stories come together in an unexpected twist. Not only are the illustrations beautiful, but the story is touching and heartfelt too. Readers of all ages will have a hard time putting this one down and will undoubtedly read it in one sitting. Loren Spector, LAPL, Felipe de Neve

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