Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

By Karen Foxlee,

Book cover of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Book description

“Magic is “messy and dangerous and filled with longing,” we learn in this brave tale of grief, villainy and redemption that borrows from the story of the Snow Queen. Set in a vast, chilly museum, the tale brings together a valiant girl, a charmed boy, a magical sword and a…

Shepherd is reader supported. When you buy books, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why read it?

1 author picked Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Karen Foxlee is—hands down—one of my favorite writers ever. She writes so beautifully and compassionately about what it feels like to be lost or sad or afraid, and Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy is no exception. This retelling of The Snow Queen takes place in a snowbound museum filled with arcane objects. The main character, Ophelia, is grieving the loss of her mother. And even though she doesn’t consider herself very brave, she volunteers for a quest that will change the world—and begin to heal her heart. I love this book for its gentleness, its beauty, its snowy cosiness,…

From Hayley's list on using magic to explore trauma.

Want books like Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy?

Our community of 9,000+ authors has personally recommended 60 books like Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy.

Browse books like Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in wizards, heroes, and prisoners?

9,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about wizards, heroes, and prisoners.

Wizards Explore 94 books about wizards
Heroes Explore 100 books about heroes
Prisoners Explore 91 books about prisoners