Article Title

The Marvels


Whitney Troxel


Dependable, Intermediate, Brian Selznick, Storytelling, Actors, Relationships, Self-Discovery, Death, Family, Love

Document Type

Book Review


Joseph Jervis runs away from his boarding school hoping his Uncle Albert, who he’s never actually met, will help him find his best friend, Blink. Blink’s father took him away from school unexpectedly and left no forwarding address. Blink and Joseph always talked about running away to find Joseph’s long lost uncle. But Blink’s sudden disappearance finally gave Joseph the courage to try. He arrives on the doorstep of Uncle Albert’s strange but beautiful house, soaking wet and freezing cold. Albert only intends to let Joseph stay for one night, but the two form a strong bond as Joseph discovers the true story behind the house and the Marvels who lived there. Joseph learns to help take care of the 18th century style house. When Albert dies, Joseph finds a way to maintain the house and its many memories.