Title: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy Author: Karen Foxleey Published: January 28th 2014 by Alfred A. Knopf Format: Hardcopy, Pgs 233s Genre: Fantasy Ages: 8 to 12
“I’ll Be Right Back, I’ve Just Got To Save The World”
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy is one of those books that you look forward to reading to your children. Your youngest may not get all the intrigue, but your slightly older, those that think they are too old for mom to read to them, will love the depths that Ophelia will go to, to help the Marvelous Boy and to protect the world from the Snow Queen - a woman who had the kind of beauty that stayed pressed against your eyes, like the halo you see after you look directly into the sun.
Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard, who does not consider herself brave, but had always been very hopeful, is mourning her mother’s death when her father takes a job at a museum, in a place that never stops snowing, with the purpose of setting up a sword display to coincide with the Wintertide clock chiming.
A very curious eleven-year-old Ophelia, who does not believe anything that cannot be proven by science, discovers a little boy who has been locked away in a small room for three hundred years. His tale of olden times, and how he was chosen by a protectorate of wizards from east, west, and the middle to deliver a sword so that the Snow Queen may be defeated, hits the very practical Ophelia wrong, but still, there is something very interesting about this little boy.
Not realizing that she is the One Other, that the Marvelous Boy speaks of, she goes on a fantastical journey through an ever-changing museum to find the keys that will unlock the boy and hopefully, defeat the Snow Queen.
All the while, Ophelia is hearing the words and guidance from her deceased mother and with her own courage and her memories, Ophelia takes on a magical journey that will both strengthen her and save the world.
The audience of young readers will find the plot intense and the characters likable. The Snow Queen is just evil enough and the bizarre encounters that Ophelia is forced to battle her way through, will have you on the edge of your seat until the final battle of good and evil takes place.