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Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Foxlee, Karen
ISBN: 038575356X     ISBN-13: 9780385753562
Publisher: Yearling Books
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: February 2015
Annotation: A modern-day fairy tale set in a mysterious museum introduces young skeptic and unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard, who on her first day in the strange museum where her father works discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room as a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen—and he has been waiting for Ophelia's help.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Magic; Fiction.
Prisoners; Fiction.
Museums; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2015004428
Lexile Measure: 660
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.25" W x 0.75" (0.34 lbs) 228 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 164216
Reading Level: 4.9   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 7.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): KAREN FOXLEE is the author of two young adult novels, The Anatomy of Wings and The Midnight Dress. She lives in Gympie, Australia, with her daughter.

About the Illustrator
YOKO TANAKA has illustrated children's books by Kate DiCamillo, Sara Pennypacker, R.L. LaFevers, Laura Godwin, and Keith McGowan.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
Ophelia discovers a boy who's the Snow Queen; to rescue him, Ophelia must find the boy s missing sword. This is a fable of psychic healing, in which Ophelia, mourning her mother, must battle the Queen armed only with her powers as "defender of goodness and happiness and hope." Foxlee's deftness with characterization and setting makes this a satisfying fantasy.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2014 #1)
Exploring the museum where her father is a guest curator, Ophelia discovers a small room in which, looking through a cleverly hidden keyhole, she spies the bright eye of a boy. He tells her that he's a prisoner of the Snow Queen, who, Ophelia discovers, is none other than Miss Kaminski, the museum's head curator. To defeat her, someone must find the boy's missing sword--and that someone is clearly Ophelia. Despite her conviction that "anything is possible if you have a plan," she learns that to succeed she must repress her scientific reasoning and use her heart. This is a fable of psychic healing, in which grieving Ophelia, mourning her mother only three months dead, must battle the Queen's sword (named the Great Sorrow) armed only with her powers as "defender of goodness and happiness and hope." The fable's moral and allegorical elements are thus readily apparent, but Foxlee's deftness with characterization and setting also makes this a satisfying fantasy. There's many a children's novel set in a museum, but Foxlee's is noteworthy for its creative abundance of exhibits (including sewing baskets and teaspoons, "A Millennium of Religious Hats," "Culture of the Cossacks," "History of Silhouettes," and many more). deirdre f. baker Copyright 2013 Horn Book Magazine.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 November #2)

In this appropriately frosty take on The Snow Queen, Foxlee (The Midnight Dress) introduces 11-year-old Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard, who's asthmatic, pragmatic, curious, and braver than she realizes. Ophelia's family, shattered after her mother's death, is visiting an unnamed snowy city so her father can curate an exhibition of swords. Exploring the strange, icy, and nearly empty museum, Ophelia discovers the long-imprisoned Marvelous Boy, who recruits her to help him save the world from the Snow Queen; she also turns up a cluster of deadly "misery birds" and a roomful of the ghosts of numerous girls. Foxlee's writing is elegant and accessible, with a pervading melancholy; this is as much a story of loss as it is an adventure. Certain elements, such as the identity of the Snow Queen, aren't really surprises, but it's in Foxlee's evocation of the museum's unsettling dangers, as well as Ophelia's eventual willingness to reconcile what she knows in her mind with what she feels in her heart, that this story shines. Ages 8–12. Author's agent: Catherine Drayton, Inkwell Management. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 March)

Gr 4–6—This inventive and engaging fantasy, based on the story of the Snow Queen, will be a welcome addition to middle grade collections. Solidly scientific-minded Ophelia, whose mother has recently died, moves with her older sister and father to a snowy and wintry city, where her father is busy working on a museum exhibition of historical swords. Wandering through the museum, Ophelia discovers a boy who has been locked in a room for years, and who needs her help. Much to her own surprise Ophelia takes greater and greater risks in order to win his freedom, and, in the process, forges a strong connection with the memory and spirit of her mother. It is Ophelia's sister who plays the role of Kay, bewitched by the gifts given to her by the evil Miss Kaminski, the head of the museum. Foxlee's characters come alive immediately. While Ophelia is contemporary in her ordinariness, her courage and determination to save the people she cares about harkens back to archetypal fairy tale heroes and heroines. Foxlee skillfully reveals the story of the boy as the plot unfolds. The setting is carefully and at times spookily drawn, as Ophelia faces terrifying dangers in deserted museum corridors. The writing sparkles and the pleasing restraint of the style is happily reflected in the short length of the book. Foxlee's fresh and imaginative take on this classic tale will be snapped up by fantasy and adventure lovers alike.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City

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