Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard is a perfectly average,
knock-kneed 11-year-old, thank you very much. She is a card-carrying member of
the Children’s Science Society of Great London and does not hold stock in any
sort of magical occurrences. Fairy tales? Pfft. Simple bedtime stories.
Well, until this puffer-carrying, genus-spewing tomboy is
thrown right into the middle of one. All of her instincts demand she walk away
from the mysterious door hidden in the mysterious mosaic inside a mysterious
museum in a city that seems eternally frozen. And yet, she peers through the
golden lock, right into the wide eyes of the Marvelous Boy.
This is how Karen Foxlee’s exciting and enchanting new
novel, Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy,
begins. It is a retelling of the The Snow
Queen, brought to life in modern trappings. Ophelia stumbles across the Boy
and his incredible story when her father, an expert in swords, is brought in by
the dazzling museum curator to complete an exhibit in swords in just three days
time. As Ophelia’s absent-minded father goes about his work, the girl wanders
through room after room, exploring halls of teaspoons and dollhouses and
paintings of gloomy girls that later come to life. The deeper she delves, the
more secrets she uncovers—including one that could bury the entire world in a
blanket of snow and sorrow. But is she really
the once who can save it?
You’ll have to read Ophelia
and the Marvelous Boy to find out. Click
here to grab a copy of your own right now.
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 1/28/2014 12:00:00 AM