By: Brian Selznick
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Ben and Rose are both deaf, and they both run away to New York one cold, stormy night—Rose to pursue her dream of becoming an actress, and Ben to find his father whom he has never met. But the children’s stories are set fifty years apart, so how will they come together, in the end?
• Someone’s mother is divorced
• One character is the result of a brief romance
• Some drawings are spooky and suspenseful
Wonderstruck is indeed a wonder-filled middle grade novel. Rose’s tale is told through drawings, and Ben’s through words. The story is hopeful and uplifting, especially the way it ends.