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Ophelia and the marvelous boy
Foxlee, Karen, 1971- , author.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : Listening Library, [2014]
Physical Description:
5 audio discs (6 1/2 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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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Compact discs.

Duration: 6:30:00.
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Audiobook on CD


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"Magic is "messy and dangerous and filled with longing," we learn in this brave tale of grief, villainy and redemption that borrows from the story of the Snow Queen. Set in a vast, chilly museum, the tale brings together a valiant girl, a charmed boy, a magical sword and a clock ticking down to the end of the world."-- The Wall Street Journal

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.

Author Notes

Karen Foxlee was born in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia on February 3, 1971. Before becoming an author, she worked as a registered nurse. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing from the University of the Sunshine Coast. Her first novel, The Anatomy of Wings, was published in 2007. It won the Emerging Author Award at the 2006 Queensland Premier's Literary Award, The Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book South East Asia Pacific Region, and The Dobbie Award. Her other works include The Midnight Dress. Her title Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy made the finalist list for the Aurealis Awards in 2014. This title also made the Readings Children's Book Prize 2015 shortlist. She wrote the middle-grade novel, A Most Magical Girl, which won the 2017 Readings Children's Book Prize. Her most recent novel is Lenny's Book of Everything (2018).

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Ophelia is a grieving 11-year-old who only believes in things that science can explain. Following her beloved mother's death, her father takes a job at an enormous museum in a city where it constantly snows. There Ophelia discovers the imprisoned Marvelous Boy, who discloses to her that in three days the Snow Queen will discharge her wretchedness upon mankind. He further reveals that he must save the world before that happens and that only Ophelia can help him. As the boy tells his story, Ophelia accepts the challenges required to release him from his three-hundred-year captivity. She faces magical snow leopards, child ghosts, a Spanish conquistador, and a monstrous misery bird none of which, like the boy, can be scientifically explained. Nevertheless, Ophelia learns there are truths she never dreamed of and that courage is less about bravery than about the decision to help people in need. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, this clever story-within-a-story reads easily yet offers deep lessons about trust, responsibility, and friendship.--Fredriksen, Jeanne Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Foxlee's take on "The Snow Queen," 11-year-old Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard, who is still grieving her mother's death, travels to an unnamed snowy city where her father has taken a job at a strange museum. There, Ophelia meets a boy in a locked room. The Marvelous Boy has been a prisoner of the Snow Queen for years, and he asks Ophelia to help him save the world. Narrator Entwistle shines in this entertaining audio edition. With an accented voice, steady pacing, and a crisp delivery, Entwistle ably captures the magic and fun of Foxlee's tale. The voices Entwistle lends Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy are spot-on, while she also produces a host of distinct and appropriate voices for the book's other characters. Ages 8-12. A Knopf hardcover. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-While wandering a remote wing of the museum where her father has recently been employed, Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard finds a boy locked behind a door. He informs her that he has been imprisoned by the Snow Queen for hundreds of years and enlists her help to free him and prevent the end of the world. Skeptical, she nevertheless agrees and faces numerous challenges on her way to freeing the boy, ultimately facing down a villainess who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. In this imaginative retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," Foxlee has crafted a story-within-a-story that mixes elements of the traditional tale with that of a family recovering from loss. Although the plot is a bit predictable at times and the dialogue a bit forced, the overall quality of the tale is elevated tremendously in the audio performance, thanks to the talented Jayne Entwistle. Her lilting delivery takes on a musical quality and effortlessly draws the audience into the adventure; the rhythm is mesmerizing and complements this modern-day fairy tale perfectly. Recommended for fans of folk tales and good storytelling.-Audrey Sumser, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Mayfield, OH (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.