The Cracks in the Kingdom (The Colors of Madeleine Book 2) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $18.99
  • Save: $4.64 (24%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
The Cracks in the Kingdom... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Acceptable | Details
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: FREE TRACKING/DELIVERY CONFIRMATION ON ALL ORDERS!! A used book that may have some cosmetic wear (i.e. shelf-wear, slightly torn or missing dust jacket, dented corner...) All text in great shape! Ships Safe, Secure, & Fast! 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

The Cracks in the Kingdom: Book 2 of The Colors of Madeleine Hardcover – March 25, 2014

11 customer reviews

See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$14.35
$9.79 $0.05

Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible
Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible
Sleeping Beauty gets a feisty, furry twist in this hilarious new comic series from the creator of Dragonbreath. See more | More from Ursula Vernon
$14.35 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 3 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

The Cracks in the Kingdom: Book 2 of The Colors of Madeleine + A Corner of White: Book 1 of The Colors of Madeleine
Price for both: $25.86

One of these items ships sooner than the other.

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up—In this lively follow-up to A Corner of White (Scholastic, 2013), Moriarty chronicles the ever-intertwining lives of Cambridge resident Madeline Tully and her secret correspondent Elliot Baranski, a quick-witted farm boy from the Kingdom of Cello. After discovering a crack between their parallel worlds, the teens have been exchanging letters through the gap, venturing on a tentative friendship that may be growing into something more. The stakes are higher in this second installment, with Elliot recruited to help save the missing royalty of Cello, who were pushed into Madeline's world in an attempt to destabilize the monarchy. Mixed in with the regal intrigue is a complex, moving look at families, friendship, and loss. The blossoming relationship between the pen pals, told in letters and through omniscient narration, is but one of the many charms this novel has to offer. Madeline's emotional growth enriches her interactions with her friends and teachers in Cambridge, who fans will remember fondly from the first book. Elliot's mission introduces the Royal Youth Alliance (RYA), an intriguing group of Cellian young people working (some reluctantly) toward a common goal. The RYA's work around Cello expands an already complex and intricately drawn world. Readers will be clamoring for the next title after the thrilling yet satisfying conclusion.—Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla, Darien Library, CT

From Booklist

Moriarty’s The Colors of Madeleine series continues its odd, charming blend of fantasy, quirky humor, attractive geeky teens, and genuine compassion for those who have lost their health, family, or identity. This sequel to A Corner of White (2013) introduces many fascinating new characters but remains focused on Elliot Baranski, a farm boy in the Kingdom of Cello who has been risking his life to correspond with Madeleine Tully, a homeschooled Cambridge teen who lives with (and looks after) her confused and childlike mother. Our world and Cello further intertwine when Cello’s Princess Ko selects Elliot to be part of the Royal Youth Alliance, a group of three clever, talented teens whose covert task is to assist the princess in finding the rest of the royal family—the king, the queen, and all her siblings have mysteriously disappeared. Elliot, however, would much rather find his own father, missing and presumed dead. Moriarty’s magical kingdom boasts a rich and creative history, and her matter-of-fact and logically detailed narrative tone will appeal to Harry Potter fans. Grades 7-11. --Debbie Carton
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Colors of Madeleine (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; First Edition edition (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545397383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545397384
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5 star
73%
4 star
27%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 11 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheri on May 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Loved this one equally as much as the first! Characters become even more real (and even more endearingly flawed). Amazing descriptions of both The World and The Kingdom. Intelligent and humorous writing without being pretentious or too difficult for a variety of readers. Now that I'm done, I am literally pained knowing it may be a year or so for the third. I'm going to miss these characters until then, and again after I've finished, I'm sure...Please hurry, Ms. Moriarty.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Austin on April 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I was really looking forward to the sequel to A CORNER OF WHITE and I was not disappointed. Moriarty's style of writing leaves you feeling as if this story is fluff and adorable, until she smacks you in the face with deep truths and plot twists. Characters are even more fully developed than in her first and she addresses the difficulties of her characters with both humor, insightful analogies and compassionate writing. Her prose is beautiful and her descriptions are unusual as much as they are honest and truthful. I'm amazed at how Moriarty looks at the world and translates it into words for the reader to absorb. This story is both heartfelt and exciting, and much different than the sparse, minimalistic YA books common today. It is refreshing and whimsical while still a deep story with unforgettable characters and an exciting plot. Can't wait for book 3!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition
‘The Cracks in the Kingdom’ by Jaclyn Moriarty is the second in the Colours of Madeleine series. This book focuses more on Princess Ko and the troubles in the family, and less with Madeleine’s friends; though they still feature. If time has passed since the first book, it’s not obvious, but neither does it seem to start directly where the first book left off, though one would assume so.

This book goes more into the world of Cello as Elliot and the other members of the small group that Princess Ko has rallied in order to help the royal family, known as the Royal Youth Alliance. They have a public image of being there to discuss youth-related matters when really, they’re banding together to help Princess Ko get her family back.
We meet Sergio who is usually one of the stable boys, and Ko’s best friend. We already know Elliot from the farms and his delightful letters through the cracks to our world – Cambridge, to be precise – and his brief glimpses with Madeleine. There is also Samuel who is a verbose, chubby, academic boy who makes you smile. Finally there’s Keira, the technological genius who I found most interesting. She’s snappy and harsh with her tone, words and actions and really keeps the book going, stepping in to save the day and otherwise keep it interesting.
Other characters I’d loved to have seen more of are the two agents who are Princess Ko’s bodyguards – Agents Nettles and Ramsay. The small roles they played were entertaining and I’d love to see perhaps a short story or novella featuring them.
Princess Ko is probably supposed to be more loved than I eventually felt for her. I loved her weird exclamations as she tries to seem dumber than she actually is, so the people won’t suspect she’s up to anything, but overall I was more interested in the above.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover
Jaclyn Moriarty gives readers the thoroughly enjoyable middle installment of her Colors of Madeleine trilogy with THE CRACKS IN THE KINGDOM.

Jaclyn Moriarty has long been skilled at balancing out the quirky with the dark in her fiction. Nowhere is that talent more evident than in her wildly imaginative fantasy series known as The Colors of Madeleine. The first book in the series, A CORNER OF WHITE, introduced us to two parallel worlds in occasional contact: our world (specifically the corner of it known as Cambridge, England) and the Kingdom of Cello, a world very much like ours but also different --- one of the most notable characteristics being the weather's tendency to arrive (sometimes downright violently) in the form of different colors.

In the first book, Moriarty also introduced us to two unforgettable characters whose friendship forms the focus of the whole series. In Cello, we meet Elliot Baransky, a handsome, popular boy from the Farms region of Cello. His family is in crisis because his uncle has just been murdered and his father has disappeared; some assume that he has run away with the school's physics teacher, who is also missing. Meanwhile, in our world, Madeleine is also missing her father, but under very different circumstances. Once Madeleine was wealthy beyond most people's wildest dreams; now, however, she and her mother live in vastly reduced circumstances. Madeleine and her best friends Belle and Jack are homeschooled by their parents and others in their apartment building.

In the first book, Elliot and Madeleine found each other via a crack between their worlds, a crack that shows up in a parking meter in Madeleine's world and a found-object sculpture in Elliot's.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Vivien on April 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Unbeknownst to the Kingdom of Cello, their King is missing. Princess Ko has been fibbing her way through the absence of her father, leaving it up to her to keep the government running. A war is imminent if he doesn't return in just a few weeks.

From across the Kingdom Princess Ko gathers a group of teens. Each has an ability. Under the pretense of a publicity stunt they are to crack the unsolvable case of the missing royals. However, there is one problem. The royal family is trapped in the World without any memory of their former lives.

Elliot Baranski is driven to find his own father. With his ability to communicate with the World, his value to the Alliance is chief among them. With his connection he encounters Madeleine. Through many long and late night they exchange letters. It is going to be up to them to bridge the worlds and bring missing loved ones home.

The second book in the Colours of Madeleine trilogy is written with the same whimsy that the first novel was. A much lighter fantasy read than is usually found in the genre. Moriarty manages to keep it suspenseful and at the same time witty. Her skill at weaving together all of the many plot lines is just genius. I'm really surprised and thrilled to get have enjoyed this as much as A Corner of White.

There isn't much more I can say without it being spoilery. The mysteries within this trilogy continue to unravel. There is still much left to be revealed in Book 3. I loved the utter ridiculousness that ensued. I can't even complain about some of the unrealistic aspects because this is just so much fun. I also cannot wait to see how the author ties everything together in the last book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The Cracks in the Kingdom: Book 2 of The Colors of Madeleine
This item: The Cracks in the Kingdom: Book 2 of The Colors of Madeleine
Price: $14.35
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Want to discover more products? Check out these pages to see more: madeleine try, stukeley william newton, sayings magnets