Wonderstruck by Brain Selznick
I am Sarah. I am thirteen years old and an avid reader; it is one of my favorite things to do. Inspired by the multitude of author’s creation of magnificent places and surprising havens built by simple letters, I aspire to be an author and, meanwhile, nurture the love to write.
Twelve-year-old Ben Wilson was struck deaf by a lightning strike only a few months after his mother’s death. Ready to stop being an orphan dependent on his aunt and uncle, he sets out to find the father he’s never known in New York City, with only a bookmark and name as clues to his identity. Plagued by dreams of majestic wolves, he eventually makes his way to the American Museum of Natural History. Befriending the son of a museum worker, he begins to explore the museum and his family’s roots.
Two generations before, Rose wishes to escape the drudgery of lip-reading lessons and loneliness, setting off for the city to find the famed actress Lilian Mayhew. When the encounter doesn’t go as planned, the twelve-year-old makes her way eventually to the Natural History Museum to find solace among the collections of preserved wonders.
Ben’s and Rose’s paths inevitably intertwine at the museum, which has become both their sanctuaries and somehow the thread which binds them both. Brain Selznick tells their stories in a carefully curated collection of mementos and memories and human connections, masterfully combining Ben’s prose with Rose’s pictures to create a suspenseful cinematic quality that hangs onto every swoop of the pencil and swirl of the ink.