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Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Cover: 'Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy'

Staff Review: "Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy" by Karen Foxlee


Opehlia Jane Worthington-Whittard is an extraordinary 11 year old girl; she just doesn’t know it yet.  Accepting a last-minute job offer to curate a sword exhibit at a museum in a foreign city, Ophelia’s father believes that this is just the change of scenery his daughters need after the recent death of their mother.  The plan is for Ophelia and her sister Alice to go ice skating and explore this new icy city where it never seems to stop snowing. 

Peering through the golden keyhole of a locked door in the museum, Ophelia is suddenly eyeball to eyeball with a small boy in strange clothing.  He proceeds to tell her a fantastical story of how his name was removed by wizards trying to protect him and he was locked away 303 years ago by the evil Snow Queen who put a spell on him.  He pleads with Opehlia to find the key to unlock the door, free him from his prison, help him find the magical sword and save the world.  The catch: they need to do it quickly because the Wintertide clock is ticking and soon the opportunity will be lost, leaving the city in eternal winter under the powerful spell of the evil Snow Queen.  

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy is a wonderful, believable fairytale adventure that demonstrates the tremendous power of persistence, friendship, and love. Tweens, children in grades 3-5, and others will quickly turn pages, anxiously rooting for both Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy as they do battle against the evil Snow Queen in this fast-paced, multi-layered fantasy.  

Audience: children, tweens | Genre: fiction, fantasy

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