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Selznick, Brian.
New York : Scholastic, 2011
IL 5-8, RL 5.0
ISBN 0545027896

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

This is a book with two stories. One story is told entirely in illustrations, the other story is told through the text. One is the story of Rose and the other of Ben. They are hundreds of miles away from each other, but they have something in common: They are both deaf.

The are also both secretly wish their lives were different. Ben hopes to find 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, they both set out alone to find what they are missing.
Running away as a kid is hard for anyone, but for kids who are deaf, there are extra problems. But they are both drawn to New York City, and the American Museum of Natural History, where the answers connect in unpredictable ways. (Booktalk written by Sara Zoe Patterson- GSF Committee/ New Franklin School)

Booktalk #2

In 1977 in Gunflint Lake, Minnesota, Ben is living with his aunt and uncle, still morning his mother’s death a few months before. As he finally finds the courage to do through a few of her things, he finds clues to the father he never knew. As he dials the phone number, lightning strikes the house, traveling along the phone wire, leaving Ben deaf. In 1927 in Hoboken, New Jersey, a deaf girl named Rose misses her actress mother. Both Ben and Rose make their way to New York City in search of family, their stories running parallel as both center on American Museum of Natural History. Ben’s story is told in text. Rose’s is told in full-page illustrations. How could they tie together and what role will the museum play in them doing so?

This is another great blend of words and images from the creator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  (Booktalk by Catherine Bascle for 2014 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice nominee)

SUBJECTS:     Family life -- Fiction.
                        Diorama -- Fiction.
                        Deaf -- Fiction.
                        People with disabilities -- Fiction.
                        American Museum of Natural History -- Fiction.
                        Museums -- Fiction.
                        Runaways -- Fiction.
                        New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.

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