Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy: Fantasy for Ages 8-12

Book Review, Middle Grade
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Ophelia and the Marvelous BoyOphelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Series: None

Genre: Fantasy, fairy tale

Hardcover: 240 pages

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (January 28, 2014)

Source: From publisher via NetGalley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars





About Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy:

“Magic is “messy and dangerous and filled with longing,” we learn in this brave tale of grief, villainy and redemption that borrows from the story of the Snow Queen. Set in a vast, chilly museum, the tale brings together a valiant girl, a charmed boy, a magical sword and a clock ticking down to the end of the world.”—The Wall Street Journal

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


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About Karen Foxlee:

Karen Foxlee is an Australian writer. She is the author of two young adult novels: “The Anatomy of Wings” and “The Midnight Dress”. Her first middle grade novel “Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy” is to be published in January, 2014. She lives and writes in Queensland, Australia.


My Thoughts on Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy:

Ophelia’s father is working on an enormous exhibition of swords at a museum. It doesn’t take long before Ophelia notices the museum holds many strange and magical secrets, including a nameless boy locked in a hidden room with an amazing story to tell.

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy is a strange, beautiful read that is both exciting and sad. It’s full of tense moments, heartfelt moments, and moments when you want to close your eyes and wish the characters could understand what was happening to them.

I’m not sure how well kids would like this book. It might be over their heads, but it would depend on the child reading it. It’s a strange book, but it’s imaginative. It’s the kind of book you need to read for yourself.

Content: I consider this a clean book, but there are some scary moments and a small bit of violence.


Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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