A Corner of White

A Corner of White

Hardback Colors of Madeleine

By (author) Jaclyn Moriarty

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  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
  • Format: Hardback | 373 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 213mm x 36mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0545397367
  • ISBN 13: 9780545397360
  • Sales rank: 58,019

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The first in a rousing, funny, genre-busting trilogy from bestseller Jaclyn Moriarty! This is a tale of missing persons. Madeleine and her mother have run away from their former life, under mysterious circumstances, and settled in a rainy corner of Cambridge (in our world). Elliot, on the other hand, is in search of his father, who disappeared on the night his uncle was found dead. The talk in the town of Bonfire (in the Kingdom of Cello) is that Elliot's dad may have killed his brother and run away with the Physics teacher. But Elliot refuses to believe it. And he is determined to find both his dad and the truth. As Madeleine and Elliot move closer to unraveling their mysteries, they begin to exchange messages across worlds -- through an accidental gap that hasn't appeared in centuries. But even greater mysteries are unfolding on both sides of the gap: dangerous weather phenomena called "color storms;" a strange fascination with Isaac Newton; the myth of the "Butterfly Child," whose appearance could end the droughts of Cello; and some unexpected kisses...

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Author information

Jaclyn Moriarty grew up in Sydney, Australia, with 4 sisters, 1 brother, 2 dogs, and 12 chickens. She studied law at the University of Sydney, Yale, and Cambridge, and worked as an entertainment lawyer before she wrote the Ashbury High novels, including THE YEAR OF SECRET ASSIGNMENTS, THE MURDER OF BINDY MACKENZIE, and THE GHOSTS OF ASHBURY HIGH. She still lives in Sydney, with her little boy, Charlie.

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"In this genre-blending feat of stylistic energy, Moriarty moves between two palpably distinct worlds: the modern day environs of Cambridge, England, and the eccentric kingdom of Cello, where the citizens are menaced by colors that attack from the sky and cause severe physical and mental injury. Fourteen-year-old Madeleine lives in Cambridge, having moved there when she and her mother ran away from their obscenely wealthy but unhappy lifestyle to adopt a considerably poorer but not all that happier one; now Madeleine has decided it is time to contact her father to come rescue them, especially since it seems that her mother may be seriously ill. Fifteen-year-old Elliot lives in Cello, and he, too, is in search of his father, who may have been carried off by the nasty Purple that killed his uncle, or who may have just run off with a schoolteacher. When Madeleine finds a mysterious message on a slip of paper tucked in the base of a parking meter, she responds, and she and Elliot develop a correspondence across worlds. The large and small pieces of their lives intermingle with surprising and beneficial effects, despite the fact that Madeleine doesn't quite believe in Cello, and Elliot could be sentenced to death for not reporting the gap between the worlds. The plotting is as innovative and riveting as the world-making here, and the characters are drawn with the same rich dimensionality you find in Pratchett's Discworld or one of Diana Wynne Jones's fantasies. Moriarty's wordsmithery likewise compares favorably with those two masters, delighting and surprising readers with quirky turns of phrase, evocative, synesthetic metaphors, and swift, effective shifts in register. Give this to readers who, like Madeleine, aren't quite sure of their commitment to secondary worlds but like to spice their realities with a little fantasy nonetheless, as well as to those who love secondary worlds with a healthy helping of reality on the side." -