From the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" and "Wonderstruck" comes a breathtaking new voyage. In this magnificent reimagining of the form he originated, 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 mystery "The Marvels" is a loving tribute to the power of story.
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, "starred review Awards and Praise for "The Invention ""of"" Hugo"" Cabret "(partial listing): 2008 Caldecott Medal winner National Book Award Finalist #1 New York Times Bestseller New York Times Best Illustrated Book Los Angeles Times Favorite Children's Book of the Year Publisher's Weekly Best Book of the Year * "A true masterpiece." - "Publisher's Weekly," starred review "Evokes wonder...like a silent film on paper." - "The New York Times" * "Shatters conventions." - "School Library Journal," starred review * "Complete genius." -" The Horn Book," starred review "
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."