Book Review: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Title – Author: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy – Karen Foxlee
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Series/Standalone: Standalone
Format – Source: e-ARC – Publisher via NetGalley

Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard only believes in things with scientific explanations. When her father takes a job in a museum in a city where it always snows, her beliefs are tested when she discovers a boy locked in a room. He tells her he’s a prisoner of the Snow Queen, and Ophelia is the only one who can save him. Ophelia must be brave, because soon not just the boy’s life is jeopardy, but also the lives of her father and sister.

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Middle-grade novels with magic have to be my favorite kinds of books ever. Well, you know, along with all my other favorite things ever. 

The magic is truly wonderful, as Ophelia discovers while figuring out how to free the Marvelous Boy. There are misery birds, ghosts who want your stories, dangerous wolves, giant owls, boys without names…so many different and unique features to the story. I loved discovering all the hidden things about this world alongside Ophelia.

Ophelia starts off as very scientifically-minded, not the kind of girl at all who would believe in magic. But the best part of Ophelia is that she rises to the occasion. Her beliefs are challenged, but she adapts and learns how to navigate this new world that she’s found herself an important part of. And she’s not just on an adventurous journey, either. Having just lost her mother, Ophelia struggles with finding her place in changed family as she, her father, and her sister try to handle their grief in very different ways. I loved how Ophelia draws strength from her mother, even though she’s no longer there.

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Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy combines magic feats with human emotions in an exciting adventure story about courage and love.

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7 – really good but missing a little something – George Weasley



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