The Cracks in the Kingdom

The Cracks in the Kingdom

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The second in Jaclyn Moriarty's brilliant, acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Colors of Madeline!
Princess Ko's been bluffing about the mysterious absence of her father, desperately trying to keep the government running on her own. But if she can't get him back in a matter of weeks, the consequence may be a devastating war. So under the guise of a publicity stunt she gathers a group of teens -- each with a special ability -- from across the kingdom to crack the unsolvable case of the missing royals of Cello. Chief among these is farm-boy heartthrob Elliot Baranski, more determined than ever to find his own father. And with the royal family trapped in the World with no memory of their former lives, Elliot's value to the Alliance is clear: He's the only one with a connection to the World, through his forbidden communications with Madeleine. Through notes, letters, and late nights, Elliot and Madeleine must find a way to travel across worlds and bring missing loved ones home. The stakes are high, and the writing by turns hilarious and suspenseful, as only Jaclyn Moriarty can be.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 468 pages
  • 141 x 220 x 39mm | 572g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0545397383
  • 9780545397384
  • 184,574

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Horn Book Magazine Starred Review
In this second book in the trilogy (A Corner of White, rev. 5/13), Madeleine (in Cambridge, England) and Elliot (in the Kingdom of Cello) continue to communicate through letters they send through a "crack" between their two worlds. Elliot is even more determined to find his missing father but is sidetracked by Princess Ko, whose parents and siblings have disappeared into various places in Madeleine's world, where they have found new identities and completely forgotten who they are (for example, the queen lives in Taipei and teaches Zumba). Ko has been covertly running everything while pretending the other royals are traveling, but if the king doesn't turn up soon, war may break out. At Ko's behest, Madeleine and Elliot attempt to cross into each other's worlds; they achieve a measure of success and give readers a tantalizing hint of romance to come. The characters' desperate yearning for absent loved ones adds emotional depth to the story, which is full of clever invention and intrigue, excellent surprises (readers will kick themselves for not spotting one of the missing persons earlier), and all the sophisticated wit Moriarty's fans expect. This wholly engrossing book outdoes the first--not an easy task.
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About Jaclyn Moriarty

Jaclyn Moriarty is the award-winning author of A Corner of White, The Cracks in the Kingdom, A Tangle of Gold, The Year of Secret Assignments, The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie, The Ghosts of Ashbury High, and The Spell Book of Listen Taylor. A former media and entertainment lawyer, Jaclyn grew up in Sydney, Australia, lived in the United States, Canada, and UK, and now lives in Sydney again. She is very fond of chocolate, blueberries, and sleep.
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2,012 ratings
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2 3% (62)
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