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Review: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee


A luminous retelling of the Snow Queen, this is the story of unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard who doesn't believe in anything that can't be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room.  He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen.  And he has been waiting for Ophelia's help.As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested.  Along the way she learns more and more about the boy's own remarkable journey to reach her and save the world.

A story within a story, this a modern day fairytale is about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.

Every now and again, you come across a book that inspires your imagination and opens your belief for a moment to believe the impossible.  With the magic of the Chronicles of Narnia combined with a splash of the modern day fairytale, Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, escapes the young reader on a page turning journey that will get them hooked from the start not wanting to put it down.

Not only is this just a beautifully written story that tells a tale of love, loss, friendship and courage but it’s also filled with elements of mysterious creatures, animals and people coming to life heightening any imagination and curiosity. This story featuring an unlikely heroine will inspire the young reader that anything is possible if you believe and to never give up on what seems impossible. Even though this book is geared towards the young reader, it is one of those stories that anyone would fall in love with. 

Without wanting to give anything away that will spoil this wonderful book, I promise you that it will probably be one of the best stories for the young reader this year. I strongly recommend you adding it to their reading list because it is one that people will be talking about.

Reviewed by Michelle Bowles 

Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 1/28/2014
Pages: 240

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