The Marvels

by Brian Selznick, Illustrated By Brian Selznick

Scholastic Press
September 2015

Ages 10 – 13 . Grades 5 – 8

Lexile measure: 770L

DRA: 60

Guided Reading: X

A breathtaking new voyage from Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick.

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 invitation to decipher how the two stories connect, The Marvels is a loving tribute to the power of story from an artist at the vanguard of creative innovation.
Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick's books have garnered countless accolades worldwide, and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He is the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Invention of Hugo Cabret, adapted into Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning movie Hugo; and Wonderstruck, adapted into the eponymous movie by celebrated filmmaker Todd Haynes, with a screenplay by Selznick; as well as the New York Times bestsellers The Marvels and Baby Monkey, Private Eye. Most recently, he illustrated the 20th anniversary paperback edition covers of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.


  • Awards and Praise for THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET (partial listing):

    2008 Caldecott Medal winner
    National Book Award Finalist
    #1 New York Times Bestseller
    New York Times Best Illustrated Book
    Los Angeles Times Favorite Children's Book of the Year
    Publisher's Weekly Best Book of the Year

    "A true masterpiece." - Publisher's Weekly, starred review
    "Evokes a silent film on paper." - The New York Times
    "Shatters conventions." - School Library Journal, starred review
    "Complete genius." - The Horn Book, starred review



Jacketed Hardcover / Smyth

ISBN: 9780545448680

672pp. | 5-½ x 8-¼