Author: Karen Foxlee.
Published: January 28th 2014 by Knopf Books for Young Readers.
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
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.
This is the story of Ophelia, a girl who believes things if they are scientifically proven. So when her father takes a new job at a museum, she never expects something magical to happen. Until she stumbles on the Marvelous boy, who is locked away in one of the many rooms. He tells her his story, about how wizards took his name and prepared him to defeat the Snow Queen. How Ophelia must help him to break free before it is too late, because the Snow Queen is planning to take over.
I love how clever and stubborn Ophelia is. At first, she is not willing to believe the boy. How are all these things possible? There is no such thing as magic, right? Her reactions felt very realistic and it was fun to see her change. She is letting go of her analytic thinking and she is letting magic into her life. The voice of her recent passed away mother guides Ophelia through her journey in the museum. She must finds several keys to release the boy and this brings her into some interesting situations. I liked how Karen incorporated the story of the Marvelous Boy. Every time Ophelia visits him, he tells her another part of his life. Their friendship is heart-warming.
It’s very obvious who the Snow Queen is, but the predictability added to the charm. There wasn’t a moment I was hoping on a twist, because that’s not what this story needs. It’s just a tale of two children who are both lonely in their own way. It’s a story about friendship and finding courage, sprinkled with some magic. This book contains messages I’d like to give to my child(ren) and I definitely recommend this to fathers/mothers to read as bedtime story. It’s also enjoyable enough for us grown-ups!