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
  • 184,979

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Praise for The Cracks in the Kingdom: * Madcap, whimsical, smart and even heartbreaking... Even better than the first. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* Full of clever invention and intrigue, excellent surprises... and all the sophisticated wit Moriarty's fans expect. -- Horn Book, starred review* Readers will be clamoring for the next title after the thrilling yet satisfying conclusion. -- School Library Journal, starred reviewPraise for A Corner of White: A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor BookA Kirkus Best Book of the YearA School Library Journal Best Book of the YearA Horn Book Fanfare BookJaclyn Moriarty makes me laugh, hysterically -- and cry, unexpectedly... Startlingly original fantasy. -- E. Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author of We Were LiarsA marvelous novel -- in every sense of the word... A Corner of White slips through a previously unnoticed crack in the reader's heart and changes everything. -- Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches* Quirky, charming, funny, sad: another winner from this always-surprising author. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* Irresistible characters help readers navigate a tantalizingly complex plot that will leave them eagerly awaiting the next book. -- Horn Book, starred review* In this lovely fantasy... mysteries abound. -- School Library Journal, starred review* [A] genre-blending feat of stylistic energy... The plotting is as innovative and riveting as the world-making. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
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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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2,113 ratings
4.17 out of 5 stars
5 42% (888)
4 38% (809)
3 16% (333)
2 3% (60)
1 1% (23)
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