The Marvels / Brian Selznick

The first half of this book tells a story only in images, while the second half uses text to create a full image of these two tales that mysteriously intersect in ways that mesmerize the reader.  In 1766, a boy, Billy Marvel, is shipwrecked, rescued, and goes on to find 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.

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