The Marvels

The Marvels

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A breathtaking new voyage from Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick. Two stand-alone stories--the first in nearly 400 pages of continuous pictures, the second in prose--create a beguiling narrative puzzle. The journey begins at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage. Nearly a century later, runaway Joseph Jervis seeks refuge with an uncle in London. Albert Nightingale's strange, beautiful house, with its mysterious portraits and ghostly presences, captivates Joseph and leads him on a search for clues about the house, his family, and the past. A gripping adventure and an intriguing invitation to decipher how the two stories connect, The Marvels is a loving tribute to the power of story from an artist at the vanguard of creative more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 665 pages
  • 147 x 211 x 56mm | 1,383g
  • Scholastic US
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0545448689
  • 9780545448680
  • 87,378

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Praise for The Marvels New York Times Bestseller New York Times Notable Children's Book An Indie Bound #1 National Bestseller Guardian Children's Book Prize Finalist Publishers Weekly Best Book * Selznick continues his quest to shake up notions of illustrated novels, wordless storytelling, and the intersection of text and pictures in this newest volume . . . The novel as a whole is exactly the sort of theater that is so lovingly described within. --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review * Caldecott Medalist Selznick has been creating acclaimed illustrated novels for years now, and his latest takes his groundbreaking narrative format to new heights . . . [this] warm, affecting family tale is bittersweet, astonishing, and truly marvelous. --Booklist, starred review * . . . epic theater celebrating mysteries of the heart and spirit. --Kirkus, starred review * [A] powerful story about creating lasting art and finding family in unexpected places. --Publishers Weekly, starred review * Memorable, momentous. --School Library Journal, starred review "show more

About Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick is the Caldecott Medalwinning author and illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was adapted into Martin Scorsese s Oscar-winning movie Hugo. His latest book, The Marvels (September 2015), has already received numerous starred reviews and been hailed by the Huffington Post as a gorgeous work of art. Selznick s books have garnered accolades worldwide and have been translated into over thirty-five languages. He has also worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. He lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York."show more

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13,218 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
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4 31% (4,146)
3 18% (2,437)
2 6% (806)
1 5% (708)
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