Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
by Karen Foxlee
A modern-day fairy tale set in a mysterious museum that is perfect for readers of Roald Dahl and Blue Balliett.
Unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard 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 fairy tale is about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.
Publisher: Knopf Books/Random House Children's Books
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
This is a middle grade book, perfect for young readers. There were a few things I liked about the book right from the start: It's not a series, and it's set in the present, although it has that old world feel about it.
Ophelia is a young girl who gets tangled up in a quest to save the world when she stumbles upon a boy who has been locked away for years in the museum her father is working in temporarily. When he asks Ophelia to help him defeat the Snow Queen, she pushes aside her fears to find her courage to help him save the world.
This story is perfect for boys and girls who may just be growing out of shorter books and ready to tackle something a bit longer, a bit more grown up, but still not too scary. There is no shortage of mythical creatures, ghosts, and magical objects, keeping the action going throughout. Weaved into the action scenes are themes of friendship, courage, loyalty, and love, dealt with in a way that doesn't belittle children, but meets them halfway.
Kat's Rating: A Good Read
At around 150 pages, this book perfect for a parent and child to read a chapter or two before bed for a few nights, and is sure to inspire some courageous daydreams too. I would say this is a good pick for the 7-11 age group, with a few exceptions on either side.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review.