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She and her sister

Her father is a leading international expert on swords and has been called at the eleventh hour to prepare an exhibition of swords for Christmas Eve. As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested.

Karen Foxlee deserves praise for her subversion of gender roles. Susan Worthington was a horror writer, and though dead, her presence is felt throughout the book. She is also very scientific, but as this is a retelling of The Snow Queen, she must learn to believe in magic. It's a burden he would rather not have, considering that he has to leave his mother and go on a long journey alone.

And it was simultaneously sad and happy at the end. She, however, prefers exploring the museum. The only problem with the book is that it gets too easy.

Except in this case

She is also very intelligent. Her husband, Ophelia's father immerses himself in his swords, sometimes looking at them with a look of reverence that he usually reserved for his wife. The book's not even been published. He was the one they chose, and then trained, to fight the evil Snow Queen. He has lived alone and underfed, imprisoned by the Snow Queen, waiting for the Other One who will help him defeat her evil powers.

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. Except in this case, unlike other fairytales, there's a boy in distress and Ophelia is his knight in shining armour.

This book got into my heart. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. The museum where her father has taken a job.