by Brian Selznick, Illustrated By Brian Selznick

Scholastic Press
September 2011

Ages 10 – 14 . Grades 5 – 9

Library of Congress: 2011009113

Lexile measure: 830L

DRA: 60

Guided Reading: W



In this groundbreaking tour de force, Caldecott Medalist and bookmaking pioneer Brian Selznick 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 gifted artist and visionary.
Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick's books have garnered countless accolades worldwide, and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He is the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Invention of Hugo Cabret, adapted into Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning movie Hugo; and Wonderstruck, adapted into the eponymous movie by celebrated filmmaker Todd Haynes, with a screenplay by Selznick; as well as the New York Times bestsellers The Marvels and Baby Monkey, Private Eye. Most recently, he illustrated the 20th anniversary paperback edition covers of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.


  • Select Praise for Wonderstruck :

    * “Selznick's story has the makings of a kid-pleasing classic…Another illustrated novel that should cement his reputation as one of the most innovative storytellers at work today.” -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

    * "The way that the stories of Ben and Rose echo one another, and then finally connect, is a thing of wonder to behold.” -- School Library Journal, starred review

    * “A gift for the eye, mind, and heart.” -- Booklist, starred review

    * “Visually stunning, completely compelling, Wonderstruck demonstrates a mastery and maturity that proves that, yes, lightning can strike twice.”  -- Kirkus, starred review

    Awards and Distinctions for The Invention of Hugo Cabret :

    2008 Randolph Caldecott Medal

    National Book Award Finalist

    #1 New York Times Bestseller

    USA Today Bestseller

    #1 BookSense Bestseller

    Select Praise for The Invention of Hugo Cabret :

    * "A true masterpiece." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

    * "Fade to black and cue the applause!" -- Kirkus, starred review

    * "Complete genius." – The Horn Book Magazine, starred review

    * "Breathtaking." -- School Library Journal, starred review

    * "It's wonderful. Take that overused word literally: Hugo Cabret evokes wonder." -- New York Times Book Review


--- - 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. He saw lightning flash without thunder.

How odd, he thought. The storm hadn’t stopped. Such quiet rain. It had been so loud before. Where had all the noise gone?