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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Book Review - Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Book Review

Bookshelves: Middle School, Adventure, Fantasy, Fairy Tale

Rating: 3 of 5 stars (It was ok)

Recommended Age: 8+
Short chapters, some violence

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ophelia is a quirky small girl who recently lost her mum and uses a "puffer" for her asthma and pulls on her braids. She is infatuated with science and when she finds a boy locked in a room inside a museum he tells her that she must help him "save the world." In order to do this she has to let go of the science and possibilities and allow herself to believe in magic and believe in herself.

This is a good middle school or younger chapter book read. A retelling of what seems like a mash up of a few fairy tales but especially The Snow Queen. I really liked the setting in the museum which sometimes can be too much but I think it worked well with this story. I loved the Marvelous Boy's backstory, although I wish there was a little more to it. I think that because of it's intended audience, there are a few points that are really laid out over and over as the reader will probably make the connections well before the characters do. This might be redundant for some older readers. The chapters are short but the reading is relatively easy. There is no language and there is some violence, but pretty minimal. The action moves pretty quickly to keep a younger set intrigued. 

I will add this on the list of books for my kiddos.

Thank you Random House Children's for this opportunity.

Happy Reading!


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