Ophelia and The Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

I had heard rumors about this book from some of my favorite nerdybooklovers and so when I was approved by Netgalley to read an advance copy, I did a little jump for joy.  After having devoured this book in a day, I have concluded that this is a must add book to your classroom library.  This easily read fantasy/mystery will engage almost any reader starting at 3rd grade and up.  The story starts right away by sucking you in and as you turn the pages you keep wanting to find out what happens next.  The characters are wellrounded and you actually care what happens to them.  Although I had guessed some major plot points early on, it did not take away from the wonder of this book.  In fact, I finished this book at 1 AM this morning and promptly pre-ordered a hard copy of it.  I cannot wait to pass it on to all of my book lovers.

Bottom line:  A must for any 5th grade classroom.

From Goodreads:

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.



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