Review: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy is a dazzling modern day retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Snow Queen. Her grief still fresh after the recent loss of her mother, Ophelia discovers a boy locked in the museum where her father is working and becomes entangled in a quest to save the world.

Full of excitement and magic, Foxlee’s storytelling absolutely glitters. It’s the kind of superb writing that enchants the reader, making you feel as if you’re reading a classic.

This book made me cry… more than once. There were moments so profound, so intricately layered that children will connect with the story on one level, and adults on a deeper level.

Best of all, Ophelia is a strong character. She’s practical, intelligent, and kind-hearted. She is scientifically-minded, but her curiosity and her fearless questioning keeps her always learning, always discovering new things, open to whatever adventure comes her way.

With Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, Karen Foxlee has crafted a timeless story all ages will find both relevant and magical.

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