The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith

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Sixteen-year-old Jack gets drunk and is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is kidnapped. He escapes, narrowly. The only person he tells is his best friend, Conner. When they arrive in London as planned for summer break, a stranger hands Jack a pair of glasses. Through the lenses, he sees another world called Marbury.

There is war in Marbury. It is a desolate and murderous place where Jack is responsible for the survival of two younger boys. Conner is there, too. But he's trying to kill them.

Meanwhile, Jack is falling in love with an English girl, and afraid he's losing his mind.

Conner tells Jack it's going to be okay.

But it's not.

Andrew Smith has written his most beautiful and personal novel yet, as he explores the nightmarish outer limits of what trauma can do to our bodies and our minds.


About Andrew Smith

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Andrew Smith is the author of the novels Ghost Medicine, In the Path of Falling Objects, Stick, and Passenger, which will be published in October 2012 and is the sequel to his acclaimed novel, The Marbury Lens, which was the winner of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Book of the Year, and praised by Booklist as “a read that is as disorienting as it is daring” in a starred review. Andrew Smith lives in the mountains outside of Los Angeles with his family. Visit him online at
Published November 9, 2010 by Feiwel & Friends. 370 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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I particularly enjoyed his book “Ghost Medicine.” Phoenix residents can get a Scottsdale library card, and have access to a wider range of books.

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After another night drinking (because he didn't learn the first time) Jack receives some mysterious glasses.

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