The Marvels

By Brian Selznick

From the Caldecott Medal-winning writer of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck comes a wide ranging new voyage.

In this outstanding reimagining of the shape he originated, stand-alone stories--the first in approximately four hundred pages of constant images, the second one in prose--create a beguiling narrative puzzle.

The trip starts off at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy surprise. After surviving a shipwreck, he reveals paintings in a London theatre. There, his family members thrives for generations as marvelous actors until eventually 1900, whilst younger Leontes wonder is banished from the stage.

Nearly a century later, runaway Joseph Jervis seeks safe haven with an uncle in London. Albert Nightingale's unusual, attractive condo, with its mysterious photos and ghostly presences, captivates Joseph and leads him on a look for clues concerning the condo, his family members, and the past.

A gripping experience and an fascinating secret The Marvels is a loving tribute to the ability of story.

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