Fans of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, will be excited to read Brian Selznick’s third companion title, The Marvels, but you do not need to have read the other two books to enjoy this one. The first 350+ pages are illustrated—mostly wordless – and follow five generations of actors at a London theatre from 1766 to 1900. The text story begins on page 390 when Joseph unexpectedly shows up at his estranged uncle’s house in London in the winter of 1990. Joseph’s uncle and his unusual house hold lots of secrets and mysteries that Joseph is determined unravel. As he learns more about the house and its inhabitants, Joseph starts to accept that all stories – real and imagined – are filled with marvels.— From Holiday Picks 2015
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 innovation.
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New York Times Bestseller
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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