September 27, 2011 | goulds
You will enter a world of breath-taking beauty and spellbinding mystery when you open Wonderstruck, a world so rich and captivating that you won't want to leave it even when you come to the last page. Two stories revolving around hearing-impaired characters are artfully intertwined. One is set in 1977, is told in text and follows Ben, who suddenly loses his mother and never knew his father. The second, depicted richly in shaded pencil drawings that act like a camera, opens in 1927 as young Rose plans to run away from her stifling father and find her glamorous mother in Manhattan. Ben soon flees his aunt's house in Gunflint Lake, Minn. in a attempt to find his father in New York City. Thus begin the dramatic tales of two coming-of-age, angst-filled, somewhat angry, and challenged young teens. Both stories are compelling and impeccably paced, but are seamlessly interwoven throughout so that their final connection is like the ending of a symphonic work. Replete with mystery, suspense, emotion, and fascinating historical facts and details, this page-turning graphic and prose delight will truly leave you wonder-struck.