The Marvels

Category: Book
By (author): Selznick, Brian
Series: Scholastic Press Novels
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 10-14
  JUVENILE FICTION / Books & Libraries
  JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
  JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts / Theater
Audience: children/juvenile
Awards: Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year (2015) Commended
Publisher: Scholastic Inc
Published: September 2015
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 672
Size: 8.60in x 5.89in x 2.30in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

In his most intricate and ambitious work to date, Caldecott Award-winner Brian Selznick delivers a magnificent reinvention of his signature form.

Two seemingly unrelated stories -the first in pictures, the second in words-together create a beguiling narrative puzzle. The book opens with an uninterrupted illustrated story that sweeps us through five generations of a legendary family, beginning in 1766 with Billy Marvel. He survives a devastating shipwreck and grows up in a London theater. There his progeny flourish as brilliant stage actors-until the youngest Marvel, Leontes, runs away into the fire of an unknown future.

A century later, Joseph Jervis, another outsider on the run, seeks refuge with an estranged uncle at his mysterious house in London, where ships and fires, theater programs, and ghostly presences abound. Even more enigmatic is stormy Uncle Albert who won't answer Joseph's questions about the house or about an old photo of a boy whose eyes haunt Joseph. So Joseph sets out to solve the mysteries on his own . . . because his future may depend on it.

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Praise for The Marvels

"… The book revels in complication, echoes and mirrorings, and peeling back its layers makes for a rich and surprising reading experience." - New York Times

"[A] powerful story about creating lasting art and finding family in unexpected places." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Time, grief, forgiveness, and love intersect in epic theater celebrating mysteries of the heart and spirit." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The masterful Brian Selznick presents an artful, surprising, and bittersweet puzzle in words and pictures... Just as Selznick's detailed and artfully deliberate illustrations gradually build a moving narrative, so, too, do his carefully wrought words.." - Booklist, starred review

"Complex, entertaining, and full of gorgeous art and writing, this is a powerhouse of a book."
- School Library Journal, starred review

Awards and Praise for The Invention of Hugo Cabret

2008 Caldecott Medal winner

"A true masterpiece." -Publisher's Weekly, starred review

"Evokes a silent film on paper." -The New York Times

"Shatters conventions." -School Library Journal, starred review

"Complete genius." -The Horn Book, starred review

Praise for Wonderstruck

"A thing of wonder to behold . . ." -School Library Journal, starred review

"Moving and Ingenious . . ." -The Wall Street Journal

"Visually stunning, completely compelling." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Biographical Note

Brian Selznick is the Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator of The New York Times bestsellers, The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck. He is also the illustrator of many celebrated picture books and novels, among them Caldecott Honor Winner The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, and Sibert Honor Winner When Marian Sang by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Brian has previously worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. He lives in San Diego, CA, and Brooklyn, NY.