|Join Kat as she reads and reviews the works of David Levithan
from his debut novel to his National Book Award longlisted novel, Two Boys Kissing
- Pages: 176
- Genre: Adaptation/ Paranormal
- Publisher: Dial (Penguin)
- Publication Date: December 1, 2006
In Marly’s Ghost, David Levithan collaborates with illustrator and author Brian Selznick who is best known for his book The Invention of Hugo Cabaret. Together the authors remix the story and illustrations of Charles Dickens’ classic novella, A Christmas Carol into a modern day Valentine’s Day tale.
This novel is a little different from most Levithan novels because it is essentially a packaged novel. In the back of the book Levithan discusses how this novel came about because he was approached by two Penguin editors to write a Valentine’s Day spin on A Christmas Carol. Once he had a theme down, he describes how he sat down with the text of the original and worked piece by piece to create Marly’s Ghost. Because this novel sticks so close to the source material and borrows much of the language from it has a different feel than Levithan’s previous books. …