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The Marvels

Title

The Marvels

Publisher

Scholastic Press

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9780545448680

Pages

665 pages

Genre

historical

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

In 1766, a boy, Billy Marvel, is shipwrecked, rescued, and goes on to found a brilliant family of actors that flourishes in London until 1900--and nearly a century later, Joseph Jervis, runs away from home, seeking refuge with his uncle in London, and is captivated by the Marvel house, with its portraits and ghostly presences.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Lexile Measure

770L

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Disability and Health; Kinship care; Homosexuality; Illness; nephew staying with uncle; gay; gay family member; gay uncle; gay adult; AIDS

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

uncle

LGBTQ+

gay males

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2015, Finalist, Graphic Novel; Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, 2016, Short List; Battle of the (Kids') Books, 2016, Winner, Children's Book; Gold Inky, 2016, Short List; Goodreads Choice Award, 2015, Nominee, Middle Grade; Great Lakes Great Books Award, 2016-2017, Honor Book, Grades 6-8; Carnegie Medal, 2017, Long List, Children's Book; Kate Greenaway Medal, 2017, Short List, Children's Book; Kirkus Book Award, 2015, Nominee, Young Reader; Lambda Literary Award, 2016, Finalist, LGBT Children's/Young Adult; Silver Inky, 2016, Long List; UKLA Children's Book Award, 2017, Short List, Ages (12-16); 100 Magnificent Children's Books, 2015 Stories for Older Readers; Amazon Editors' Picks: Best Books of the Year, 2015 Age (9-12); Amazon Editors' Picks: Top 20 Children's Books, 2015 Ages 9-12; Best Children's Books, 2015 Children's Book; Best Children's Books of the Year, 2016 Twelve to Fourteen; Booklist Book Review Stars, 2015; Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, 2016 Ages (10-14); Choices, 2016 Children's Fiction; Distinguished Books, 2015 Fiction; Guide Book to Gift Books, 2016 Books for Middle Readers; Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2015; Lasting Connections, 2015 Language Arts; New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2015 Stories for Older Readers; New York Times Notable Children's Books, 2015 Middle Grade; Notable Children's Books, 2016 Middle Readers; Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, 2016; Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book, 2015 Middle Grade; Rainbow List, 2016 Juvenile Fiction; Washington Post Best Kid's Books, 2015 Middle-Grade novels

Keywords

running away; boarding school; mystery; family history; actor; theatre; angel; fire

Diversity Impact

indirect

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