Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy


Ophelia Jane Worthington- Whittard and her older sister Alice, have accompanied their father, world famous museum curator of swords, to an ice-cold winter landscape. Insignificant, curious, scientifically sound, sardine eating Ophelia investigates the seven floors of the museum, venturing to parts unseen to discover a door, a keyhole, and the eye of a Marvellous Boy peering at her.

The boy’s story of imprisonment in the museum at the instruction of the Snow Queen, does not strike Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard as plausible. However, as she investigates further, led by the boy’s story, and constant internal conversations with her horror story writing mother, something stirs within her; there are too many anomalies, and an overwhelming smell of hot chocolate…

This is stirring, bold, confident and thoroughly imaginative writing. I love our heroine’s strength and practicality, the magical descriptions, the strong themes of kindness and friendship. ‘Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy‘ will be devoured by keen readers; it is destined to become a classic. We recommend it to avid, imaginative readers.

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Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy

Karen Foxlee

(Hot Key Books)

‘Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy‘ is a Narnia meets Northern Lights meets Hans Christian Andersen tale of wonder, wisdom and winter brilliantly imagined and realised. ‘Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy‘ holds its readers spellbound.


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