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October 2014 Debut of the Month The Marvellous Boy has been a good companion to the King. But, when the King marries the evil and wintery Queen, his life is changed forever. The Marvellous Boy is locked up in a huge museum where he remains undiscovered until Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard, a girl who only believes in scientific explanations, visits with her father. Luckily, Ophelia puts her scientific doubts to one side as she comes to the rescue of the lonely boy who has a very big mission to play in life.
A Piece of Passion from Sarah Odedina, Managing Director How lovely it is to read a book with a truly wonderful and plucky heroine. Someone who doesn't find it at all easy to be heroic but who rises so wonderfully to the challenge when faced with the plight of someone such as the Marvellous Boy. How wonderful to read a book with family at its heart and about the importance of caring and taking responsibility. And how delightful to read a book that is simply, so beautifully told. Karen Foxlee's voice is perfect. She is serious and sombre and playful and clever and in this small but perfectly formed book she has written a classic story that makes a reader feel courageous and brave and just a bit clever when reading it. It is a small gem of a book that will take a big place in the heart and imagination of those who read it.
Eleven-year-old Ophelia might not be brave, but she certainly is curious. Her family are still reeling from her mother's death, and in a bid to cheer everyone up, her father has taken a job at a fantastically enormous and gothic museum in a city where it never stops snowing. Ophelia can't wait to explore - and she quickly discovers an impossibility. In a forgotten room, down a very dark corridor, she finds a boy, who says he's been imprisoned for three-hundred-and-three-years by an evil Snow Queen who has a clock that is ticking down towards the end of the world. A sensible girl like Ophelia doesn't quite believe him, of course, but there's no denying he needs her help. There are many other, darker, impossibilities in this museum too. Ghosts, wolves, Misery Birds, magical swords - and even fabled Snow Queens - will all do their very best to stop Ophelia and hurt her family. She will have to garner all her courage, strength and cleverness if she is to rescue this most Marvellous Boy - and maybe even save the world in the process.
Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
|Publication date:||6th February 2014|
|Publisher:||Hot Key Books|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Adventure Stories, Classic Fiction, Fantasy / Magical|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month, Reviewed by Children|
Karen Foxlee was born in Mount Isa, Queensland, in 1971. After training and working as a nurse for most of her adult life, she graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2005, in creative writing. Her first novel, The Anatomy of Wings, was originally published in 2008, by the University of Queensland Press, and has since been published in the U.S.A., the United Kingdom and Canada. She lives in Gympie, Australia.More About Karen Foxlee