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Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

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.

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ISBN 9780385753562
Barcode 9780385753562
Published 10 February 2015 by Yearling Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Foxlee, Karen
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ISBN-13 9780385753562
ISBN-10 038575356X
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Yearling Books
Imprint Yearling Books
Publication Date 10 February 2015
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Foxlee, Karen
Category Personal Family, Relationship & Social Issues
Science Fiction
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 193mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 136g
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
Library of Congress Magic, Wizards, Kings and rulers, Prisoners, Heroes
NBS Text Children's General Non-Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 538688

Description of this Book

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. From the Hardcover edition.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The Wall Street Journal, January 25, 2014: A present-day fairy tale that practically sparkles with its own icy menace...[a] memorable and ultimately moving novel for young readers. The Christian Science Monitor, January 31, 2014: Foxlee's novel will be read and loved by youngsters who've grown up on fairy tales, graduated to Harry Potter, and appreciate gorgeous writing and complex storytelling. In this story of friendship and yes, even bravery, Ophelia shines as one of the first true heroines of the 2014 crop of fabulous middle-grade novels. Starred Review, Kirkus, November 1, 2013: 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. Starred Review, The Bulletin, February 1, 2014: Foxlee inventively weaves familiar folkloric elements--an evil snow queen, a magic sword, a quest, a chosen one--into her modern setting, all the while evoking a mood of dreamlike foreboding. Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 1, 2014: The writing sparkles . . . Foxlee's fresh and imaginative take on this classic tale will be snapped up by fantasy and adventure lovers alike. The Horn Book, January/February 2014: Foxlee's deftness with characterization and setting...makes this a satisfying fantasy. From the Hardcover edition.

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Author's Bio

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.

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