Happy Monday, Bookworms!
Today I offer you a review of a really fantastic Middle Grade Fantasy by author Karren Foxlee. Enjoy!
Title: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
Author: Karen Foxlee
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publication: January 28, 2015
A modern-day fairy tale set in a mysterious museum that is perfect for readers of Roald Dahl and Blue Balliett.
Unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard 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 is about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.
Full of adventure, wonder, and truth this book takes the reader on a journey through the heart and all of its capabilities to love, grieve, hope, and endure.
In "Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy" Magic is not just the glitz and glitter of sorcery or the stuff that makes statues dance and children fly. Magic is our connection to each other, our connection to the world, and the strength that we find deep inside of ourselves to be brave even when we are afraid.
Kindness and love too are magic that fill up the empty, cold spaces inside of us where sorrow might hide. Ophelia discovers through her miraculous experiences that sometimes the unbelievable is true and that despite our fears, despite our doubts, we are each capable of being the Heroes of our own adventures.
Ms. Foxlee does an incredible job of crafting a world of fantastic possibility. I could see the museum, smell the smells, and feel the cold deep down in my bones. I knew anything could happen but at the same time I was sure...just as the wizards were sure, just as Ophelia's mother was sure, just as the Marvelous boy was sure... everything would turn out fine in the end.
I would definitely recommend this book to young readers as well as parents who would like an incredible opportunity to be able to approach the issue of sadness, and how to overcome sadness, with their children.
This was an inspiring work and I very much enjoyed the read.
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