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Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

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