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Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

September 2011

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.

Children's Choice Book Awards 2012

The votes are in, and the winners have been announced for the 2012 Children's Choice Books Awards! The gala took place on May 7, 2012 at Espace in Midtown Manhattan, as part of Children's Book Week (May 7-13), and was hosted by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the Lunch Lady series. Walter Dean Myers, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, presented the Impact Award to New York Giant Justin Tuck, who co-founded Tuck's R.U.S.H. for Literacy with his wife, Lauren.

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

September 2011

I love when creators, be they authors, musicians or artists, take risks and push themselves. Thus it was with great delight that I read WONDERSTRUCK by Brian Selznick. While categorized as a book for ages 9 and up, I, who have many more years than that behind me, was completely captivated by this work. Let me back up a moment. For those who may not be aware, Selznick is the Caldecott Award-winning author of THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, where he first worked his magic pairing a narrative with detailed illustrations that stand alone to tell some of the story.