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Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy Audiobook

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

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Publisher's Summary

A luminous retelling of the Snow Queen, 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 is a modern day fairytale about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.

©2014 Karen Foxlee (P)2014 Listening Library

What the Critics Say

Starred Review, Kirkus, November 1, 2013:
"A well-wrought, poignant and original reworking of Andersen’s 'The Snow Queen.'"

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, November 11, 2013:
"Foxlee's writing is elegant and accessible, with a pervading melancholy... this story shines."

Starred Review, Booklist, December 15, 2013:
"This clever story-within-a-story reads easily yet offers deep lessons about trust, responsibility, and friendship.”

The Horn Book, January/February 2014:
"Foxlee’s deftness with characterization and setting also makes this a satisfying fantasy."


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    HappyReader Raleigh, NC, USA 03-24-14
    HappyReader Raleigh, NC, USA 03-24-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Lovely story, perfectly read"

    This is a truly beautiful story, a wonderful modern fairy tale. And it was read perfectly. The themes are heavy and melancholy, primarily dealing with loss, death and grief. But it was marvelously handled and easily accessible to the 2nd grader listening with me. And, in the end (and throughout), it was ultimately hopeful and empowering. We both loved every minute of it!

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    Jenny Faubion 05-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    9 year old: Loved it. Very good.
    7 year old: it was really dark and scary and had a lot of adventure.

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    Christian 04-11-15
    Christian 04-11-15
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    "Excellent"

    Very well read. One of the best narrators I have heard. Terrific story, even for older guy like me. Highly recommended.

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    Dongli Li 01-28-15
    Dongli Li 01-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book"

    The best book I ever read! This author is the best in the world! I really want to read another one of her books!

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    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-16-14
    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-16-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A Beautiful Take On The Genre"
    Would you listen to Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy again? Why?

    Most certainly. If I ever have children I will defiantly read this to them/


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    I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a fresh take on the fairy tale genre and it was nice to have a strong female lead character. I highly recommend this book.

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