Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

“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”

Every once in a while I read a book that blows me away. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy is definitely one of those books. This beautiful middle grade novel sparkles and shines throughout, weaving a story of grief and bravery and magic in utterly GORGEOUS prose that literally made me melt.

Ophelia is one of those heroines that I just want to give a massive hug too. She is going through so much upheaval and the start of the book, and I got the feeling that her love of science seemed to be one of the only constants in her life. This is, of course, completely shattered when she finds the Marvelous Boy and he asks her to save the world. I really LOVED the Marvelous Boy. He just had such a serene energy – and I think that definitely made him seem ageless.

The plot is fast paced, action packed and I really enjoyed the fact that it was set inside a museum – such a unique place to set a story. Although the quest formula was familiar (especially in MG fantasy) Karen’s gorgeous writing elevated it to another level and really made it feel fresh.

If you are into fairytale inspired, MG fantasy with a strong, complicated female lead and the most BEAUTIFUL writing you need to read this book.



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