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Book review: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

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Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee


Karen Foxlee retells the classic Snow Queen fairy tale in a modern setting in her book Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy. The story is mainly set in a museum in a city where it always snows. Ophelia encounters the Marvelous Boy locked in a room while exploring the museum while her dad prepares a special sword exhibit. As she goes on a series of tasks to free the boy and help him in his quest to stop the snow queen, she slowly goes from being very scientific to believing in the magic.

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy is a good read for middle schoolers. It is somewhat too predictable with it being rather obvious who the snow queen is and it being kind of annoying that Ophelia takes so long to realize what is going to happen to Alice. However, it is still a good story and it has characters that many kids may relate and be inspired by, such as Ophelia who has asthma and does not consider herself brave becoming the hero. Additionally, Ophelia, her sister, and her father are grieving the loss of her mother leading to some good moments about dealing with loss and moving on.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free to review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.