Scholastic UK to publish new Selznick novel

Scholastic UK to publish new Selznick novel

Scholastic UK will next year publish The Marvels, the new children’s title from American author and illustrator Brian Selznick.

In the book, Selznick tells two stories – one in prose and the other in pictures. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, a survivor of a shipwreck, and charts his family over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and is about Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle’s house. The way the picture and word stories intersect will “leave readers marvelling over Selznick’s storytelling skill”, said Scholastic.

Scholastic struck a global publishing deal for the book and the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand divisions will publish simultaneously in hardback on the 15th September next year.

Selznick said he spent three years working on the book, including a period of living in London for research and another year devoted to drawing the pictures.

He is the author of several books for children and The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Scholastic) won the Caldecott Medal in 2008 and was later turned into Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning film "Hugo".