Wonderstruck is a very fun, exciting book. It is mostly set in New York, in 1927 and 1977. It promotes the idea of family and being loving. The two main characters, Rose from 1927, and Ben from 1977, are both deaf, and this story is partly about how they deal with it. The story seems to focus more on Ben, and he gets the writing "half", which is more like two-thirds. Rose's story is told in pictures, and the early pictures bear many clues about later events (e.g. the paper buildings in her room). Rose is subject to a scandal, as her mother, famous actress Lillian Mayhew had Walter and Rose, before ditching Rose's dad for a young actor. Ben's mother has recently died, and as you find out later in the story, his dad never married his mom, but they still had a child. Ben and Rose both are strong characters who fight deafness, and find ways to "hear". At the very end, you get to find out how their stories connect. This will be a book better for kids who read The Invention of Hugo Cabret and didn't find it super challenging, since Wonderstruck has more text.