Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
[The publication date for this book is January 28, 2014]
I can close my eyes and visualize the classroom where I used to teach, filled with 9- to-11-year-old children so quiet you could hear the old wall clock ticking as I read from the book about the enchanted land where it was always winter but never Christmas. The story was full of magic, talking beasts, frightening life-like statues, an evil Queen, and rescuers from a far away land. Character traits like courage, bravery and persistence were tested in battle and time was always running out with still so much left to accomplish.
No, the story being read was not Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy because that was about thirty years ago. It was a magical tale full of adventure and action, suspense, good vs. evil, a girl and a boy, just like this book by Karen Foxlee. The essential elements that create an exciting fantasy/fairytale never grow old, they just update. Ophelia’s evil Queen wears stiletto heels and carries a cell phone. The story I’m recommending to you today teases the reader’s brain, tests the metal of a newfound friendship and the strength of a very old one, and allows the heroine to ride off into the sunset with a better opinion of her abilities and a broader horizon before her. It is a story that allows an ordinary boy to possess extraordinary bravery, have faith in a frienemey, perform his good deed and return home. It’s the perfect read for the middle school age young person.
Just like the timeless tale I read to my class, this modern story has no need to use crude language to rivet the reader’s attention. I rate this spell-binding book (pun intended) PG because this author writes terrific suspenseful moments.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from NetGalley, on behalf of Random House Children’s. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
- Review: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee (wakingbraincells.com)
- ARC Review: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy (cookiebooklover.wordpress.com)
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- The Anatomy of Wings by Karen Foxlee (chelsealainewells.wordpress.com)
- Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy: Review (bookreviewsbyme2.wordpress.com)