About Wonderstruck

Playing with the form he created in his trailblazing debut novel, TheInvention 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'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's told in words, Rose'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—Wonderstruckis a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.


Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

What is it?

Brian Selznick creates another awe-inspiring and multi-layered reading experience. Wonderstruck weaves together two compelling, independent stories, set fifty years apart—Ben's story, which takes place in 1977, is told in words; Rose's story in 1927 is told in pictures.

Who’s it for?

Readers ages 9 and up

Release Date

September 13, 2011

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