The Marvels

By Brian Selznick

From the Caldecott Medal-winning author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck comes a panoramic new voyage.

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

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

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

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

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