You may already be familiar with Brian Selznick. He wrote a little book called The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was adapted into an Oscar-winning film—directed by another guy you may know: Martin Scorsese. But Selznick’s latest book, The Marvels, is unlike anything you’ve seen from him before:
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—together create a beguiling narrative puzzle.
The journey begins on a ship 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, Joseph Jervis runs away from school and 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 narratives connect, The Marvels is a loving tribute to the power of story from an artist at the vanguard of creative innovation.
Intrigued? If the description hasn’t sold you, then the book trailer probably will:
The Marvels hits bookstores everywhere September 15th, but we’d like to offer our readers the chance to win a copy of the book and a custom Marvels jigsaw puzzle. Enter below between August 31 and September 14th.
All prizes and samples are provided by Scholastic.
Brian Selznick is setting out on a multi-city tour to celebrate the release of The Marvels! Click here to find out where to meet Brian Selznick on his tour.