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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 is a modern day fairytale about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.
"A well-wrought, poignant and original reworking of Andersen’s 'The Snow Queen.'"
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, November 11, 2013:
"Foxlee's writing is elegant and accessible, with a pervading melancholy... this story shines."
Starred Review, Booklist, December 15, 2013:
"This clever story-within-a-story reads easily yet offers deep lessons about trust, responsibility, and friendship.”
The Horn Book, January/February 2014:
"Foxlee’s deftness with characterization and setting also makes this a satisfying fantasy."
From the Hardcover edition.
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By HappyReader on 03-24-14
Lovely story, perfectly read
This is a truly beautiful story, a wonderful modern fairy tale. And it was read perfectly. The themes are heavy and melancholy, primarily dealing with loss, death and grief. But it was marvelously handled and easily accessible to the 2nd grader listening with me. And, in the end (and throughout), it was ultimately hopeful and empowering. We both loved every minute of it!
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By Patricia A Jamieson on 12-29-17
Great kids adventure
If you could sum up Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy in three words, what would they be?
magical exciting adventure
Who was your favorite character and why?
Ophelia, of course - she's the heroine
Which character – as performed by Jayne Entwistle – was your favorite?
Jayne did all the characters very well (one of the reasons the story is so good).
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
All the times Ophelia pushed past her fears to do what was right.
Any additional comments?
Jayne Entwistle is a great narrator, always making her characters come alive. In this book especially, she makes you root for the children (Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy) during their adventures.