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A Marvel-ous Giveaway from Scholastic Canada!

the marvelsIn his most intricate and ambitious work to date, Caldecott Award-winner Brian Selznick delivers a magnificent reinvention of his signature form.

Two seemingly unrelated stories —the first in pictures, the second in words—together create a beguiling narrative puzzle. The book opens with an uninterrupted illustrated story that sweeps us through five generations of a legendary family, beginning in 1766 with Billy Marvel. He survives a devastating shipwreck and grows up in a London theater. There his progeny flourish as brilliant stage actors—until the youngest Marvel, Leontes, runs away into the fire of an unknown future.

A century later, Joseph Jervis, another outsider on the run, seeks refuge with an estranged uncle at his mysterious house in London, where ships and fires, theatre programs, and ghostly presences abound. Even more enigmatic is stormy Uncle Albert who won’t answer Joseph’s questions about the house or about an old photo of a boy whose eyes haunt Joseph. So Joseph sets out to solve the mysteries on his own . . . because his future may depend on it.

About the book:

The Marvels tells two stories – one in pictures, and one in words. The pictures tell the remarkable story of the Marvels, a notorious family of actors in a London theatre—their struggles, their successes, and their mysteries. The text tells the story of a young boy who has come to London with the hopes of healing his broken heart, but who instead, stumbles on the history of the Marvels, a discovery that will change him, and his understanding of life, loss, love, family, and the power and meaning of art.

For fans of the best-selling The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck—The Marvels is a completely unique experience, which will leave readers with the understanding that “you either see it, or you don’t”. 

About the giveaway:

IMG_7763Scholastic Canada is celebrating the release of this new book with a special give-away! 

1 copy of The Marvels

1 copy of a Collector’s Edition of Wonderstruck

1 signed lithograph art piece from the book

1 map of London, inspired by The Marvels

This contest will run until midnight on October 7th, 2015.

To enter, leave a comment below, answering the question “What is the most amazing thing you have ever seen?”

UPDATE: contest has closed, and the winner has been emailed. Thank you to everyone for entering!

Need more incentive? 

Watch Brian Selznick’s inspired and gorgeous book trailer in order to get a feel for this beautiful story, or read about the inspiration behind about the book

This contest is sponsored by Scholastic Canada, and the prize is as stated. Standard rules and regulations apply – winners will be contacted at the end of the contest period. If no response is received within three days, a new contest winner will be selected. Contest is open to residents of Canada only (sorry international peeps, but you have a chance to win a copy with my review!). 

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  1. Awesome giveaway, thanks for hosting! Most amazing thing I’ve seen? When we were in Jamaica we visited a bioluminescent lagoon, one of only a few in the world. Because of the meeting of fresh river water, ocean salter water, and roots of mangrove trees, this particular lagoon is filled with bioluminscent microorganisms. You can jump out into the shallow water at night and every move you make cause the water to light up around you. Magical!

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  2. A sunset in Singapore that was green. We were going through the zoo where they have a lake and forest and everything had an eeire but beautiful green light to it!

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  3. The most amazing thing I’ve ever seen was during a cruise in the Caribbean. Most people had gone to bed, and the music died down. I was out on the deck in the middle of the night, all you could see were stars and the reflection of the stars in the ocean. The waves had died down so much, you could not tell where the water stopped and the stars began. It felt like I was on a ship travelling through space. It’s been over a decade, and I still remember how it looked.

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  4. The most amazing thing I’ve seen, thus far, has to be the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal. Absolutely enchanting! Gorgeous stained glass windows and spiraling staircases.

    Thanks for the giveaway, Jenn!

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  5. Most amazing thing??? Probably in Florida a sea turtle crawling on to shore on a clear moonlit night to lay her eggs.

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  6. Becoming an aunt and seeing my niece the night she was born was amazing! I can’t wait to read this book, thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  7. Most amazing thing I’ve ever seen…a few things come to mind. 1) an iceberg calving in Alaska 2) singing with over 1,000 performers at Luminato this year 3) watching my cats grow up.

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  8. Ooh good question. I have to say, one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen was the Eiffel Tower at night as it’s twinkling with lights. It was such a spectacular sight. 🙂

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  9. Holding my daughter in my arms after she was born, she is 6 now and amazing 🙂

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  10. Thank you so much for this opportunity! The most amazing thing I have ever seen was Schonbrunn Castle in Vienna, Austria. The rich history and beautiful surroundings were absolutely spectacular.


  11. Most amazing thing I’ve ever seen? Today, I’d have to say watching my daughter take her first steps. Six months ago? Watching her crawl for the first time. 10 months ago? Her first giggle. It’s sappy but she truly never ceases to amaze me. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings 🙂

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  12. I cannot wait to read The Marvels! As for amazing… I just got back from Wales…the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, with its quaint villages, rugged clifftops and spectacular ocean vistas, is breathtaking.

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  13. Great contest! The most amazing thing I’ve ever seen? Hmm, maybe the pyramid at Chitzen Itza on my honeymoon. Back then you could still climb to the top, with only a rope to help those going up and those going down! Once at the top I remembered, I am afraid of heights! I had to go down on my bottom. But it was worth it, an amazing history, and an amazing view!

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  14. Hmm, comment did not seem to go through, trying again. OK, most amazing thing I’ve ever seen? Not including my kids 🙂 I would have to say the pyramid at Chitzen Itza. Back then you could still climb it, there was one rope down the centre of the steps, for those going up AND down. At the top, the view was amazing–and I remembered I am afraid of heights and had no idea how I would get down (ended up going on my bottom!) Incredible to think how long the pyramid has been standing and the fascinating history behind it. Great contest!

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  15. The most amazing thing I have ever seen is the golden gate bridge in SanFran. I was just a little kid and I remember going there thinking “it can’t be that big” and then it was huge! I stared in awe for probably about 10 minutes before my parents could drag me away. It was one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Since then I feel like my eyes have let me down because nothing else has lived up to it. Or maybe it is just that I thought it was so wonderful.

    Thanks for the contest! I especially love that it is Canadian only ❤


  16. I’m originally from Fiji and we have a long hurricane season. The most awe-inspiring scene I’ve witnessed to date is the wind outside leveling sugarcane fields. The roof of the neighbouring house flying away in the winds and the power and fury of the elements. It was thrilling, humbling, and frightening.

    Thanks for the contest.


  17. The most amazing thing I ever saw were the underground catacombs in Paris. They were enormous and stunningly beautiful. You could get lost in there. I couldn’t get over how amazing it was.

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  18. I’d have to say the most amazing thing I’ve seen would have to be Delphi (in Greece…the location of the Oracle of Delphi). The landscape in the area was gorgeous and all the ancient structures were amazing. If only I hadn’t been so young at the time and could have appreciated it even more!

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  19. Eek, now it’s October 7 so I still hope it’s midnight tonight 🙂 I think the most amazing thing I have seen, the first that popped into my head was The Phantom of the Opera live when in 2007. I love the story, haven’t read the book though, and they’re coming back! I would love to see it again.


  20. Great giveaway! The most amazing thing I’ve eve seen was up at my cottage a few years ago- my youngest, then about 5, was snorkeling just off the dock among a gaggle of baby ducks, as if the mother could sense his gentleness. just amazing!

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