Silver Vessels

A group of friends go on a mission in the Florida Keys to uncover a lost treasure and end up getting more than they bargained for.


Written by Steve Orlando
Illustrated by Katia Vecchio

Mavericks’ Original Young Adult Graphic Novel Hits Shelves March 12, 2024

Maverick and Mad Cave Studios are pleased to announce Silver Vessels, an original graphic novel from writer Steve Orlando and illustrated by Katie Vecchio, publishing March 2023.

Silver Vessels asks: What happens when a bunch of teens get together at the Florida Keys for an unforgettable summer of Treasure hunting?

After obsessing over a history lesson at school, Joshua enlists his two best friends to travel to the Florida Keys for the summer to hunt for the treasure of Our Lady of Atocha, a Spanish treasure galleon and the most widely known vessel of a fleet of ships that sank in a hurricane off
the Florida Keys in 1622. Staying up, sneaking out, and searching for a legendary buried treasure is just the beginning of the summer of their lives!

Author Steve Orlando said, “Silver Vessels, like all the best projects, came together through teamwork and pooled inspiration–working with Mad Cave has brought me some of the most unexpected, fascinating and challenging work of my career. That’s more than a good thing, it’s a great thing — and this book is no different! What started with the idea of celebrating the rich history of the Florida Keys, as well as the iconic rite of passage known as summer vacation, grew into something even bigger: an adventure not just about seeking treasure, but seeking truth. And an epic that questions just what role treasure hunters play on the modern stage–as always, the sagest wisdom is found through the lens of youth, when nothing is impossible. And that goes for tracking down three legendary silver ships, as well as finally unpacking what those wild teenage friendships and feelings truly mean. Being part of this team taught me so much about a place I’ve come to love–and it gave me and all involved one of the greatest boons in the creative world: the chance to create the book you wished you’d had as a kid. Thank you to all involved–and I can’t wait for the world to see this gem!”

Silver Vessels is slated for release March 2024 and is now available for pre-order from Maverick.

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