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 innovation.
Praise for "The Marvels"
*"Selznick's warm, affecting family tale is bittersweet, astonishing, and truly marvelous." -- Booklist, starred review *
"Time, grief, forgiveness, and love intersect in epic theater celebrating mysteries of the heart and spirit." -- Kirkus Reviews
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 Munoz Ryan. Brian has previously worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. He lives in San Diego, CA, and Brooklyn, NY."