The Invention of Hugo Cabret

By Brian Selznick

Current Publisher: Scholastic
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Ages 8 & Up

YPL Finalists That Year:

  • Kathleen Duey for Skin Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic, Book One
  • M. Sindy Felin for Touching Snow
  • Brian Selznick for The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  • Sara Zarr for Story of a Girl

YPL Winner That Year: Sherman Alexie for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Judges That Year: Pete Hautman, James Howe, Patricia McCormick, Elizabeth Partridge, Scott Westerfeld

The Year in Literature: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron won the Newbery Medal. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang won the Printz Award.

More Information: Selznick cites National Book Award Winner Maurice Sendak and author Remy Charlip as inspirations for his novel. He says of reading Charlip’s Fortunately, “the very act of turning the pages plays a pivotal role in telling the story. Each turn reveals something new in a way that builds on the image on the previous page. Now that I’m an illustrator myself, I’ve often thought about this dramatic storytelling device and all of its creative possibilities.”

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