Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Do not let the thickness of this book scare you away, from reading it yourself, or picking it up for your kiddo! Beautiful story, and half of it is illustrations.
Ben's mother has passed away, leaving him in the care of his aunt and uncle. Never knowing his father, he starts to find clues that there might be someone out there that he belongs to.
Rose is kept inside her house...it is far too dangerous for a deaf girl to be out on her own. She could have an accident or be kidnapped. Do not mention the fact that this could happen to any kid out and about.
Ben and Rose's story intertwines beautifully. Both kids strike out on their own to find their place in this world, drawing together in a warm heartfelt conclusion. Ben's story is told in words, and Rose's in pictures. Love, love, love!