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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

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Disability and Health; Kinship care; Gay/Lesbian; 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

The Marvels


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