Australian children’s writer adds to her awards collection

9781471403361Queensland author Karen Foxlee has won three prestigious overseas awards for her gothic children’s fantasy released this year.

Foxlee’s book Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy (Hot Key Books) has been selected for three awards in the Middle School category.

Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy has been named ‘Best Book of The Year’ by the School Library Journal. It was also selected as one of the best three best books by the Publishers Weekly.

Foxlee is no stranger to winning awards. Her first YA novel THE ANATOMY OF WINGS won the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the 2008 Dobbie Encouragement Award and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for an Emerging Queensland Author. THE ANATOMY OF WINGS was also awarded the Parents’ Choice Gold Award (US) and was shortlisted for the Australian Society of Authors’ inaugural Barbara Jefferis award. (2008)

Her second novel, THE MIDNIGHT DRESS (2013) was selected as an American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults title earlier this year and was the winner of the Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Award for Best Young Adult Book.

About the Book: In a clever twist of the Snow Queen fairytale, 11 year- old Ophelia joins forces with a 303 year-old magical boy to battle ghosts, wolves, misery birds and magical swords in a nail-biting quest to stop the Queen from destroying the world. It all takes place in an enormous mysterious ramshackle museum in a city blanketed under permanent snow.

Buy the book here…