Karen Foxlee Karen Foxlee i(A96770 works by)
Born: Established: 1971 Mount Isa, Far North Queensland, Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
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The granddaughter of Finnish immigrants, Foxlee grew up in Mount Isa but came to Brisbane when she was seventeen. She has worked most of her life as a Registered Nurse. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in creative writing.

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Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy 2014 single work children's fiction children's fable

'A luminous retelling of the Snow Queen, this is the story of unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard who doesn't believe in anything that can't be proven by science. 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. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen. And he has been waiting for Ophelia's help.

'As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested. Along the way she learns more and more about the boy's own remarkable journey to reach her and save the world.

'A story within a story, this a modern day fairytale about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.' (Publisher's blurb)

2015 shortlisted The Readings Children’s Book Prize
2014 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division Best Children's Fiction
The Midnight Dress 2013 single work novel mystery crime 'When a teenage girl disappears, a small town is awash with rumours: everyone is talking about the dress she wore, a midnight-blue dress made from the remnants of other dresses, a dress of stories ...

For her whole life, Rose Lovell has moved from town to town with her alcoholic father. When they wash up in a coastal sugarcane town, Rose wonders if this time it will be different.

At the local high school, Rose meets Pearl Kelly, who is popular, pretty and intent on tracking down her Russian father. When she convinces Rose to be part of the annual Harvest Parade, Rose must find a special dress for the occasion. She seeks the help of the eccentric Edie Baker, who knows all the town's secrets and whose own family is a rich tapestry of stories. When Rose agrees to let Edie teach her to sew, she doesn't realise that nothing will ever be the same again.

The Midnight Dress weaves an intriguing story of loss and longing to the very last page.' (Publisher's blurb)
2014 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Debut Crime Novel
2014 winner Davitt Award Best Young Adult Book
The Anatomy of Wings 2006 single work novel 'Ten-year-old Jennifer day lives in a small mining town full of secrets. trying to make sense of the sudden death of her teenage sister Beth, she looks to the adult world around her for answers.' - back cover
2008 winner Kibble Literary Awards Nita May Dobbie Award
2008 shortlisted Barbara Jefferis Award
2008 winner South East Asia and South Pacific Region Best First Book
2006 winner Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Manuscript of an Emerging Queensland Author
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