Sunday, January 13, 2013

Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday!

Welcome to Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday at A Monster Ate My Book Report!
This is a great meme started by Ms. Shannon Messenger, author of her own Middle-Grade Book, Keeper of the Lost Cities.  There are lots of fantastic bloggers out their who are excited to tell you all about Middle-Grade Books, so make sure you check out Ms. Shannon's Blog to get all the links.
Marsh and Emiline

Emiline's MMGM Pick for this week is WONDERSTRUCK by Brian Selznick
     I chose Wonderstruck as my MMGM, because it is by the same author as The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  Wonderstruck is not at all related to The Invention of Hugo Cabret, but it is a novel in pictures and words like Hugo.

     Ben is a ten-year-old who has no parents.  His mother died in a car crash and he never knew his father.  One night Ben went into his mother's old room and found a bookmark that may lead him to his father.  Ben was born with one sea ear, and when he calls the number on the bookmark lightning strikes and leaves Ben completely deaf.

     There is another story in the book, but it is completely in pictures.  This story is about a young girl named Rose, who turns out to be Ben's grandmother.That may sound crazy, but the words and pictures are in different time periods.  Ben's story is set in 1977 and Rose's story is set in 1927.  That is one of my favorite things about this book.  I really enjoyed how it turned out that Rose was Ben's grandmother.  I thought Wonderstruck was great and also tragic.

To find out more visit the Wonderstruck website. There is information about the author and illustrator, pictures from the book, and even a cool video.

Scholastic also has a page for Wonderstruck!


  1. Sounds like a great story. I just saw the movie Hugo. It was great. Thanks for the great review.

    1. Thanks Ms. Natalie! I enjoyed this book and after The Hobbit it was an easy book to read.

  2. that sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the review.

  3. I love Brian Selznik's work! I read this book and found the two stories fascinating. I kept trying to figure out how they would connect to each other.