Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
By Karen Foxlee
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Published: January 28, 2014
With Christmas just behind us and 2014 on our door steps, this is the perfect time to talk about a fantasy children’s Christmas story, right? I totally agree! I received this ARC through NetGalley from Random House in exchange for an honest review. Before I go too much into this book, I want to point out that while this story is a Christmas story, it is only set around Christmas and does not draw upon Christmas themes or imagery. This makes it refreshing in a time where people can be over-saturated with Christmas imagery and motifs and a perfect book to read to children to escape that, or even for households who do not celebrate the Christmas holiday. Plus it is another Australian author!!
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 is a modern day fairy tale is about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up. Read the rest of this entry »