The Marvels

The Marvels

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, c2015
ISBN: 9780545448680
Branch Call Number: J SEL
Characteristics: 665 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm


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Jul 04, 2018

The start of this book consists of about one hundred hand drawn illustrations
helping you understand the crucial main backstory. I have to admit this book is seriously beautiful and heartbreaking at some plots and I just can't stop reading it!
The ending is very bitter and saddening when his uncle unfortunately passes away but right before the ending, there is a surprise. (Similar to the other books in the series.)

Jun 16, 2018

I loved reading this book, I thought I was going to be a super long one when I saw the thickness of the spine but was surprised when most of the book is actually pictures telling the first half of the tale. I quickly became emotionally invested upon looking through the pictures, and even more so when it got to the part where the words were. The story is sweet, telling of family and memories, with a wonderful twist that makes it all the more enthralling. I enjoyed looking into the story behind the story too, and finding that the Marvel house was based off of a real place, I would love to visit it some day. I found it interesting that a friend of mine disliked it because she felt ripped off that she paid so much for the book to be mostly pictures, which I thought was silly. I found the price well worth the story, but to each their own I guess. I guess the theme of the book really rang true, "aut visum aut non," either you see it or you don't.

LPL_DanC Dec 01, 2017

A strange book and a good story for middle graders. The first half of the book consists entirely of hand-drawn pictures, a la Selznick's recent works--The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and Wonderstruck. The other half consists of straight prose. The book presents, and resolves, a compelling mystery about a young runaway from a British boarding school who flees to his odd uncle's house in London. Why does his uncle live in a house that seems stuck in Victorian times, and who are the people his nephew hears in the house but never sees? The answers were not anything close to what I would have guessed, and finding them out kept me turning the pages.

ArapahoeLesley Oct 26, 2017

A lovely story with wonderful drawings. My first foray into Selznick's work, I found his inspiration fascinating and the way he structured his book unique and beautiful really.

DBRL_KrisA Dec 19, 2016

Roughly the first half of the book is in drawn form, similar to Selznick's most well-known work, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It tells the story of multiple generations of the Marvel family, from the shipwrecked Billy in 1766 through to his great-great-grandson, Leontes, in the early 1900s. The majority of the second half of the book takes up the story of Joseph, a young schoolboy of the 1990s who believes himself to be a descendant of the Marvel clan, and his arrival at the home of his uncle Albert.
There is nothing quite like openly crying over a book in your employer's staff lounge, and that's exactly what this book had me doing. I hesitate to give more details of the plot, and what specifically had me crying. Selznick's descriptions of the various relationships - between Joseph and Albert, Joseph and Frankie, between Frankie and her parents, but especially between Albert and Billy - are beautifully written.

ArapahoeAlyson Aug 11, 2016

I had been in a horrible reading slump - mysteries/thrillers too scary, romance too predictable, YA too full of 16 year olds who save the world while looking stunning, literary not relaxing enough... Thank you Brian Selznick for pulling me into this story about the power of stories. Slump over!

Jul 21, 2016

This is a really great book. The first few pages are filled with beautiful pencil drawn illustrations depicting the first half of the story.
Then, you are transported to the 1990s, and meet Joseph Jervis, a 13 year old boy who loves poetry and has ran away from his school in Germany.
He goes to London, where he finds his strange uncle, Albert Nightingale. Albert's house is full of strange objects, hiding some sort of family history. Joseph makes friends with Frankie, and looks for his friend Blink.
Anyway, this book will make your heart beat fast, make you cry and make you smile!
it's the best book ever

LibrarianDest Jun 22, 2016

I read a lot of children's books and can usually see a twist coming a mile away. This book genuinely surprised me! A true mystery with an un-guess-able conclusion. Selznick has once again combined pictures and words beautifully to tell a remarkable story.

Jan 07, 2016

A definite page turner.

Dec 31, 2015

Had high expectations for this book following Selznick's previous novels (Amazing! You must read them if you haven't already!) but unfortunately they fell flat.

Maybe what troubled me about The Marvels was the plot. For some reason it just wasn't particularly interesting. The blurb read "A gripping adventure and an intriguing invitation to decipher how the two narratives connect." There was really no adventure to be gripped on, just a blah sort of boy who was very hard to connect with, trying to discover what his uncle is not telling him about their family history. And as for connecting the narratives - there was just nothing to 'decipher'.

Visually it was a great story! Selznick does beautiful illustrations as usual! Was just let down plot wise after the first 400 pages. Was considering buying this book (cover art work was very enticing!) but now very glad I didn't. Not a completely pointless read because it's short and illustrations count for something, however not something I'll be re-reading any time soon.

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