As I spent my days indoors during the great "Polar Vortex" of 2014, I happened upon Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy on NetGalley. I had already requested it at the library, but when I thought about waiting until January 28 or popping it onto my Kindle in 10 seconds...well I didn't have to flip a coin.
Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard ranks right up there with my most favorite of characters...Harry Potter, Hazel from Breadcrumbs, Flora from Flora & Ulysses.
Ophelia has just lost her mother. She is sad and she is lost and her relationship with the rest of her family is different now. She and her sister, Alice, have traveled with their father as he prepares for a great exhibition of swords in a mysterious museum with a mysterious curator.
As Ophelia spends her time exploring this museum, she comes across a hidden door. When she peers through the keyhole, she finds another eye peering right back at her. Ophelia has discovered the Marvelous Boy, locked away from the world by the Snow Queen. He's been waiting for someone for many years and he thinks that Ophelia is just the person to help him.
I didn't read any reviews or summaries of this book before starting, so it was a surprise to me that this was another story based on the Snow Queen. If you have read my blog in the past, you will know that Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu is one of my favorite books of all time. As I read, I was thinking about how awesome it would be to read this with my class, who I have shared Breadcrumbs with. I think we would have fantastic discussions about how both authors incorporated aspects of The Snow Queen.
So now to figure out if I can squeeze this book into my read aloud schedule...
Have you read Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy? I'd love to hear what you thought!