Playing with the form he created in his trailblazing debut novel, The Invention 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 - Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.
Winner of California Young Reader Medal (Middle School) 2014 and Buckeye Children's Book Award (Grades 3-5) 2012 and NAPPA Gold Awards (Ages 6 & Up) 2011 and Schneider Family Book Award (Teen) 2012 and Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award (Children's Literature) 2012. Runner-up for West Virginia Children's Book Award 2013. Commended for Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (Ten to Fourteen) 2012 and Parents Choice Awards (Fall) (2008-Up) (Fiction) 2011 and Alabama Camellia Award (Grades 4-6) 2012 and Cybils (Graphic Novel Elem/Mid) 2011. Short-listed for Bluebonnet Awards 2013 and Young Reader's Choice Award (Junior/Grades 4-6) 2014 and Virginia Readers Choice Award (Middle School) 2014 and Golden Sower Award (Intermediate) 2014 and South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award (Children's) 2013 and Iowa Children's Choice (ICCA) Award 2013 and Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award 2013 and Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Grades 3-5) 2013 and Volunteer State Book Awards (Middle School) 2013 and Colorado Children's Book Award (Junior Novel) 2013 and Golden Archer Award (Intermediate) 2013 and Rhode Island Teen Book Award 2013 and William Allen White Childens Book Award (Grades 3-5) 2014 and Great Stone Face Book Award 2012 and Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award (Grades 6-8) 2014 and Rhode Island Children's Book Awards 2013 and Mark Twain Readers Award 2013.
Awards and Praises for "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" (partial listing): 2008 Caldecott Medal winner National Book Award Finalist #1 New York Times Bestseller New York Times Best Illustrated Book Quill Award Winner Borders Original Voices Finalist Los Angeles Times Favorite Children's Book of the Year Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year A true masterpiece. "Publishers Weekly," starred review Evokes wonder . . . like a silent film on paper. "The New York Times" Visually stunning . . . raises the bar. "San Antonio Express-News" Shatters conventions. "School Library Journal," starred review Complete genius. "The Horn Book," starred review "
In addition to "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner "The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins," and "The New York Times" Best Illustrated "Walt Whitman: Words for America," both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor Winner "When Marian Sang," by Pam Munoz Ryan, and numerous other celebrated picture books and novels. Brian has also worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. When he isn t traveling to promote his work all over the world, he lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York."