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The Marvels

Written by Brian Selznick

Illustrated by Brian Selznick

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The Marvels Review

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks

Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016  |  Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award  Filled with mystery, vibrant characters, surprise twists, and heart-rending beauty, and featuring Selznick's most arresting art to date, The Marvels is a moving tribute to the power of story. In The Marvels, Selznick crafts another remarkable artistic and bookmaking achievement that weaves together two seemingly unrelated stories-one in words, the other in pictures-with spellbinding synergy. 

Guardian children’s fiction prize 2016 judge David Almond: “Selznick is an original, a creator of books that are engrossing, mind-bending, and are also beautiful objects. The Marvels shows what is happening and what is possible in the extraordinarily inventive world of children’s literature today.”


The Marvels Synopsis

The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle's puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries.

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ISBN: 9781407159454
Publication date: 15/09/2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press an imprint of Scholastic
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781407159454
Publication date: 15th September 2015
Author: Brian Selznick
Illustrator: Brian Selznick
Publisher: Scholastic Press an imprint of Scholastic
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 640 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners, Guardian Fiction Prize, UKLA 2017

About Brian Selznick

Caldecott Honour–winning illustrator and New York Times bestselling author Brian Selznick graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with the intention of becoming a set designer for the theatre. However, after spending three years selling books and designing window displays for a children’s bookstore in Manhattan, he was inspired to create children’s books of his own. His books have received many awards and distinctions, including a Caldecott Honour for The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and a Robert F. Sibert Honour for When Marian Sang.Brian travels extensively to research his books. He spent ...

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