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Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

by Karen Foxlee

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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.


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  mcpl.wausau | Sep 25, 2017 |
In this retelling of "The Snow Queen," Foxlee focuses on the power of loss as much as on the power of love. The icy Snow Queen is appropriately villainous and the mysterious museum is almost a character in its own right. ( )
  Katya0133 | Aug 15, 2017 |
Summary: Ophelia, a timid eleven-year-old girl grieving her mother, suspends her disbelief in things non-scientific when a boy locked in the museum where her father is working asks her to help him complete an age-old mission.

Personal reaction: This is a great novel for young readers who wish to immerse themselves into a world of magical fantasy. Ophelia is a relatable character for both adults and children, as her disbelief in elements not scientifically proven is a common modern criticism. However, as Ophelia softens her "hard" scientific stance, so too does the reader, which leads to a deeper connection to the mission that the boy in the museum embarks to complete. This is a highly recommended book for a young audience who wish to be witness to the elements of friendship, adventure, and the unbreakable bond forged through problem-solving and heroism.

Classroom extension: The use of role-playing within scenarios involving fantasy and heroism can be used at any moment in the classroom. Each student in a classroom could take turns being a "hero" shared across months worth of story-time and role-playing. ( )
  Ali.Simon | Dec 12, 2016 |
Ophelia's mother has been gone for three months, three days, and some odd hours when she and her father and sister arrive at the museum. Her father is to curate an exhibition of swords, so Ophelia is left to her own devices and goes exploring the museum. On the first day of their arrival, she discovers a room with the words "The Marvelous Boy" painted above the door. Of course, Ophelia has to investigate this door, and she finds a boy locked inside the room. He says he is a prisoner, locked away by the Snow Queen, his name taken by wizards to protect him until he can find the One Other and a magical sword to defeat the Snow Queen and save the world. Ophelia does not believe any of his story; she only believes in scientifically proven facts, and what the Marvelous Boy has told her can not be scientifically proven. Nonetheless, though she does not count herself brave, she takes on the task of helping the boy find the sword and the One Other to save the world. And she discovers along the way that she is really more than she thought she was. This was such a cute little story. I loved the characters and the way they interacted. It has fairy tale elements, which I love, and fun magical elements as well. I had a few of the pieces figured out before the end, but that was okay because it was a fun story. ( )
  litgirl29 | Nov 7, 2016 |
Adorable Ophelia, I can so relate to missing a family member so much. This touching tale of how to find yourself when you are so young and your world is completely changed from everything you ever knew. ( )
  untitled841 | Feb 1, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385753543, Hardcover)

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 fairytale is about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.

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Ophelia, a timid eleven-year-old girl grieving her mother, suspends her disbelief in things non-scientific when a boy locked in the museum where her father is working asks her to help him complete an age-old mission.

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