Friday, January 17, 2014

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee - Ashley's Pre-Reading

*I received this book as an eARC from Knopf Books for Young Readers on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
Author: Karen Foxlee
Publication Date: January 28, 2014

Synopsis: A modern-day fairy tale set in a mysterious museum that is perfect for readers of Roald Dahl and Blue Balliett.

Unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard 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 is about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.

Why?: I've recently discovered Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen (thanks to Jackson Pearce's retelling, Cold Spell), and now I'm always on the lookout for other twists on the story. Books with a fairy tale basis always fascinate me, and this one sounds like a really nice story. 

Expectations: I haven't read anything by Foxlee, but I kind of have higher expectations for this book because it's recommend for fans of Roald Dahl. That's a pretty hefty recommendation to live up to, and I'm really hoping that it does.

Judging a book by its cover: This cover definitely looks like it belongs in the children's section of a bookstore or library. I think it even has the feel of a Roald Dahl cover, and I love it for that. It's interesting, although I'm not sure if it would stand out amongst all of the other children's books. 


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