Author: Brian Selznick
Star Ranking: **** (Loved it)
Reviewer: Serena S. (6th grade)
Describe the book in your own words: The book is based on a boy named Ben, and he lived in Minnesota with his mom. His mom is a librarian. They lived in a small cabin, and they were only about 36 steps away from his uncle and aunt’s house. One day his mom died in a car accident in the winter, and luckily he wasn’t with her, but he never got to see her again. Now he lives with his aunt and uncle, and he shares a room with his cousin Rowily too.
One night he was curious about something in his old house because the light was on in his mom’s room so he went to explore. When he entered the house, he slowly looked in, and it was his girl cousin in his mom’s favorite outfit on with a cigarette in her hand that she had been smoking. She started to cry when he entered the room, and he started to cry too because they missed his mom a lot, and it just wasn’t the same without her. He asked if she smoked, she said “yes” but that is something he had to keep a secret between them. She left after awhile, then Ben started to look threw his mom’s stuff because it brought back so many memories. He found a book and he was puzzled about what it was from or who it was too.
He took it out and read some pages, and then a bookmark came out, and it said, “I miss you and how have you been. Write me back when you can, Love Daniel.” At the top, it said the place of the store and the date of his birthday. At the bottom, it had a phone number and his address. Ben said to himself, “What if it’s my dad because he must have known I was born, and he wanted me too see him in New York.” He picked up the phone and put it to his good ear. Then all of a sudden he heard lightning, but he didn’t care so he dialed the number.
The next day he woke up and he was in the hospital and he started to talk and he couldn’t hear himself so he looked over and his aunt was saying something, but he couldn’t hear. Then she took a piece of paper and started to write. It said, “You were struck by lightning. It traveled threw the wires and hit you.”
From there he went on an adventure to find his long lost dad in New York, and he runs threw hard and difficult times to easy and sad times.
What did you think: I think i could read this book over and over again–it’s so mysterious. I don’t have a favorite part. I love the whole book. I feel it’s kinda sad but at the same time really awesome and different. I really love Brian Selznick’s books. I’ve read both of his books, and I seem to love them!!!!
Who would you recommend it to: Mystery lovers and middle school students.