Aw, man. This is just such a cute wee book. Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard is a wee girl who has been raised on science, whose life is thrown into the realms of fantasy. Her father takes a job in a strange museum and she discovers a door, and behind that locked door is the Marvelous Boy, who is a prisoner of the Snow Queen.
It has Roald Dahl vibes, it is reminiscent of Coraline, Narnia and had put importance on the idea of love at a pivotal moment a la Harry Potter. And, really, there are a lot of hat tips and points of familiarity; there are key plot points that become very obvious quite early on, but it’s such a nice story.
It has wizards and ghosts, kings and Snow Queens, and yet the one moment that stands out most is when Ophelia tries to work out what the wizards told the Marvelous Boy, concluding that had she been a wizard, she would fully document everything on paper.
That’s the charm. She’s logical and scientific and then life kind of gets in the way and throws her beliefs to the wind. If I had a kid, I’d read it this book. But as I do not, I will be recommending this to my friends who do.