Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Book - 2014
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Ophelia, a timid eleven-year-old girl grieving her mother, suspends her disbelief in things non-scientific when a boy locked in the museum where her father is working asks her to help him complete an age-old mission.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385753548
Characteristics: 228 pages : ,illustrations ; ,22 cm.


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Feb 21, 2018

Myself and my two girls, 5th & 6th graders, thoroughly enjoyed this book. We borrowed the audio book and couldn't wait to get back into the car to listen to this beautifully written novel. We were so enchanted by the descriptions and use of words. We all know an Ophelia who only believes in science and not magic or the mystical.
Loved it!

May 12, 2017

This is such a beautifully written work of children's literature. I read it aloud to a Grade 5 class, and they (and I) were captivated by the suspenseful tale and the author's gorgeous use of language. A treasure.

Feb 18, 2017

Funny, charming, magical, delightful book! Highly recommend. I loved the juxtaposition of an anxious, intelligent, down-to-earth girl who loves science and the scientific method, faced with the fact that she has a magic quest to fulfill. Absolutely great read!

Jan 29, 2017

A retelling of the Snow Queen story as if she was never defeated and lives in the modern world. We follow along with Ophelia as she must find a way to save a boy who is a prisoner of the Snow Queen. The world is held perilously in a young girl's hands as she juggles a family who does not believe her and a horde of evil things out to stop her from finishing a quest started hundreds of years ago. A fresh adventure to the old tale.

Jul 12, 2015

An amazing book filled with magic and wonder you really have to " Look inside yourself!'

by Inky Izra

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 02, 2014

This is a children's fantasy that has, at times, some really great writing, and the premise of a museum full of odd and dangerous mysteries and an evil enchantress, manages to feel both fresh and familiar at the same time. However, at times I felt this fell into the trap that plagues a lot of recent children's fantasy of being overly twee and precious. This might just be a matter of taste, however, so I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to fans of the genre.

Oct 20, 2014

I liked it

vpl_childrens Aug 15, 2014

Ophelia has come to a foreign city because her father is mounting an exhibition of swords at a museum. While exploring the museum, Ophelia’s rational nature is tested when she comes upon a small, locked door with a keyhole. When she peers through the keyhole she sees the Marvelous Boy looking back at her. He tells her how he was imprisoned by the Snow Queen, and that the world is about to be destroyed unless a certain sword is found.

LocketLibrarian Jul 26, 2014

Snow Queen meets Secret Garden? not bad

BCD2013 Jun 06, 2014

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In a new interpretation of the old Snow Queen fairy tale, Ophelia discovers a mysterious boy in ancient garb locked in a museum and not only must she help him escape but she will also have to defeat the icy ruler that has darkened the land with snow.

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Jan 29, 2017

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Oct 18, 2015

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Jul 07, 2014

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Jul 07, 2014

A luminous retelling of the Snow Queen, this is the story of unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard who 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 about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.


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