Saturday, July 11, 2015
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
I think this is a lovely fantasy story for children. Ophelia is 11 years old and she does not believe in magic, only science. Her mother, however, who passed away 9 months ago, very much did believe in magic and fantasy. When Ophelia and her father and sister go to a museum so that her father can set up a sword display, Ophelia wanders off and finds a room within which there is a boy. He tells her stories about how he has not aged in over 300 years and asks her to find his sword and the Other One who will use the sword to defeat the Snow Queen and save the world. I love Ophelia because she is not overly brave. She is normal. She cries and falls down and often feels defeated, but she keeps going, encouraged by the voice of her mother. The story is just lovely. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.