(October 2011)

Scholastic, 2011 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Price
29.99 USD; 29.99 CAD; 14.99 GBP
Pages
648
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Scholastic Press
Brand
Scholastic Press
ISBN
978-0-545-02789-2 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9780545027892 52999
Editing
Tracy Mack
Color
Black and white; color cover and dust jacket
Dimensions
6" w x 8 1/2" h
Paper Stock
Bond
Binding
Hardcover, with dust jacket
Publishing Format
One-shot

Issue Notes

Text story intertwined with wordless comics story. Drawings created in pencil. Book design by Brian Selznick, David Saylor, and Charles Kreloff.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Brian Selznick (painting)
Inks
Brian Selznick (painting)
Colors
Brian Selznick (painting)
Letters
Typeset

Keywords
Lightning; Manhattan; New York City; skyline

Indexer Notes

Lightning strike on Manhattan skyline.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

blank page(s) / 3 pages (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Gregory Maguire
Letters
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Sooner or later, the lightning comes to us all.
Keywords
Lightning

Indexer Notes

Quote from A Lion Among Men.

"Wonder Struck" (Table of Contents: 3)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 2 pages (report information)

Letters
Typeset

Indexer Notes

Full-spread title page.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Brian Selznick
Pencils
Brian Selznick

Genre
animal
Characters
Wolves
Synopsis
A pair of wolves race toward the reader.
Keywords
Pantomime; wolf; wordless

Indexer Notes

Wordless story based upon the wolf diorama at the American Museum of Natural History.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Brian Selznick
Letters
Typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gunflint Lake, Minnesota June 1977

Indexer Notes

Section divider

Part One (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 42 pages (report information)

Script
Brian Selznick
Letters
Typeset

Genre
drama
Characters
Ben; Aunt Jenny; Uncle Steve; Robby; Janet
Synopsis
Ben, whose mother was recently killed in a car crash, is living with his cousins. When he overhears his aunt and uncle discussing selling "his" house, he slips back in by night to retrieve his carefully-arranged collection of treasures. Finding information that he suspects identifies the father of whom his mother never spoke, he dials a number in New York City during a thunderstorm. The line is struck by lightning, robbing him of his hearing.
Keywords
Deafness; family; hearing loss; lightning; Minnesota; orphan; thunder

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Letters
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hoboken, New Jersey October 1927

Indexer Notes

Section divider spread

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 166 pages (report information)

Script
Brian Selznick
Pencils
Brian Selznick
Letters
Brian Sezlnick

Genre
drama
Characters
Rose; Lillian Mayhew
Synopsis
Deaf child Rose is obsessed with film star Lillian Mayhew, slipping away from her speech-reading tutor to see Lillian in "Daughter of the Storm." Afterward she sees that the theater will convert to sound, then is herself caught in a storm on the way home. She cuts up the speech reading book (and her father's newspaper) to make models of New York City landmarks. Packing a bag and taking the Mayhew scrapbook and a birthday post card signed "love Walter," she slips away and takes the ferry from Hoboken to New York.
Keywords
Deafness; hearing loss; Hoboken; lip reading; lip-reading; pantomime; runaway; silent movies; speech reading; speech-reading; wordless

Indexer Notes

Wordless story, with occasional signs, headlines, and handwritten notes.

Part Two (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 62 pages (report information)

Script
Brian Selznick
Letters
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Genre
drama
Characters
Ben; Jamie
Synopsis
Taking his box of treasures, Ben runs away by bus to New York City. The bookshop where he had hoped to connect with his father is gone, and he slips into the American Museum of Natural History, where he is enthralled with the wolf diorama set in his home of Gunflint Lake, Minnesota. A boy whose father works at the Museum shows him places to hide, and in searching old files on the diorama Ben comes across correspondence between his parents. Learning from Jamie (they communicate by notes) that the bookstore has moved, Ben sets off for the new location.
Keywords
American Museum of Natural History; deafness; diorama; hearing loss; New York City; orphan; runaway; wolf

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

comic story / 202 pages (report information)

Script
Brian Selznick
Pencils
Brian Selznick
Letters
Brian Sezlnick

Genre
drama
Characters
Rose; Lillian Mayhew; Walter
Synopsis
Rose slips into a Broadway theater to watch Lillian Mayhew rehearse, infuriating the actress, who turns out to be Rose's mother. Mayhew locks Rose in the dressing room until someone can get her home, but she escapes through a window and runs to the American Museum of Natural History, where she is overwhelmed by the huge Ahnighito meteorite and chivvied by guards. She hides but is found by Museum worker Walter, who turns out to be her brother. He takes her to his home where they spend a loving evening together, and he watches over her as she sleeps.
Keywords
American Museum of Natural History; Broadway; brother; deafness; family; hearing loss; meteorite; mother; New York City; pantomime; runaway; theater; theatre; wordless

Indexer Notes

Wordless story, except for occasional signs, handwritten notes, etc.

Part Three (Table of Contents: 11)

text story / 44 pages (report information)

Script
Brian Selznick
Letters
Typeset

Genre
drama
Characters
Ben; Rose; Walter
Synopsis
In the bookstore at last, Ben discovers the now-elderly Rose and Walter conversing in American Sign Language. She quickly recognizes him as the grandson whose existence she had suspected. Ben's father had died young, but had spent time in Gunflint Lake researching for work on the wolf diorama. She describes how her life had opened when she discovered Sign, and how she and her son had both worked on the Museum dioramas. She takes Ben to the huge World's Fair Panorama model of New York City, which she created and now maintains. She tells him of his father, and begins to teach him Sign.
Keywords
American Museum of Natural History; American Sign Language; Deaf; deafness; diorama; grandmother; model building; New York City; orphan; runaway; World's Fair

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

comic story / 94 pages (report information)

Script
Brian Selznick
Pencils
Brian Selznick

Genre
drama
Characters
Ben; Rose; Jamie
Synopsis
In 1977, the elderly Rose makes her way to the bookshop, where she recognizes Ben from articles he has from his father -- her son. She takes him by subway to Queen's Museum of Art where they watch night fall on the New York City Panorama. Later he watches night fall on the city itself, with memories of his mother but in company with his new-found grandmother and his new-found friend, and his first halting words in his new-found language.
Keywords
American Sign Language; Deaf; deafness; grandmother; hearing loss; model building; New York City; orphan; pantomime; Queens; runaway; wordless

Indexer Notes

Wordless story, except for occasional signs, posters, printed items and the like.

"The End" (Table of Contents: 13)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Letters
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Acknowledgments (Table of Contents: 14)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Brian Selznick
Letters
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Genre
non-fiction

Selected Bibliography (Table of Contents: 15)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 3 pages (report information)

Letters
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16)

illustration / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils
James Perry Wilson (background painting); Raymond deLucia (trees and foreground); George Adams (sculptor-taxidermy)
Inks
James Perry Wilson (background painting); Raymond deLucia (trees and foreground); George Adams (sculptor-taxidermy)

Genre
animal
Characters
Wolves
Keywords
American Museum of Natural History; diorama; Minnesota; winter; wolf

Indexer Notes

The Gunflint Lake wolf diorama from the American Museum of Natural History

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Letters
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
This book is dedicated to Maurice Sendak.

Indexer Notes

Back matter

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18)

blank page(s) / 3 pages (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Brian Selznick (painting)
Inks
Brian Selznick (painting)
Colors
Brian Selznick (painting)

Keywords
Lightning; Manhattan; skyline

Indexer Notes

Back cover -- continuation of front cover image.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. ["Sooner or later, the lightning comes to us all."]
  4. 3. "Wonder Struck"
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
  6. 5. ["Gunflint Lake, Minnesota June 1977"]
  7. 6. Part One
  8. 7. ["Hoboken, New Jersey October 1927"]
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
  10. 9. Part Two
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
  12. 11. Part Three
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
  14. 13. "The End"
  15. 14. Acknowledgments
  16. 15. Selected Bibliography
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
  18. 17. ["This book is dedicated to Maurice Sendak."]
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
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