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A Corner of White: Book 1 of The Colors of Madeleine Hardcover – April 1, 2013
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Jaclyn has packed this book full of wit, humor, warmth, and completely unique ways of looking at the world and *creating* a world. This is, by far, my favorite book of 2013, in both adult and 'children's' literature. For anyone who is looking for something a bit different, a bit clever, a bit perfect, then I recommend this book tremendously.
The two main characters in this book, Madeleine and Elliot, live in two separate worlds. Madeleine lives in Cambridge, UK, in our world. Elliot, however, lives in Bonfire, The Farms, in the Kingdom of Cello. Both characters are wrestling with family issues, and issues regarding their place in their worlds when they start communicating through a gap that exists between worlds. Sounds like a typical young adult fantasy book, right? Here is where the genre-busting part comes in, though. This book is as much a coming-of-age book as it is a fantasy book.
There was so much about this book that really drew me in as I read it. Not being familiar with Moriarty's work in general, I had no preconceived idea about what a character in her book is typically like. What I found, though, is that her characters were all kinds of things. They were quirky, like Jimmy the deputy who can solve missing person cases with an uncanny success rate, or Holly, Madeleine's mom who is hooked on a quiz show, but cannot answer a single question correctly. Some of the characters made me laugh, like Jack and his fascination with Byron the poet, some tugged at my heart-strings, like Elliot's cousin Corrie-Lynn. In fact, there were a number of top notch characters in this story.Read more ›
I have been a devoted fan of Jaclyn Moriarty ever since I read and fell in love with The Year of Secret Assignments years ago, and while I have not absolutely loved every single of her books that I've ever read, I am always eager to pick up her new ones. I am so pleased to say that Moriarty's newest novel, A Corner of White, is most certainly one worth reading. Though it took me some time to truly get into the story, especially since there are so many different perspectives, I soon found myself thoroughly invested in the happenings of Madeleine's life in the real world and Elliot's life in Cello.Read more ›
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As a YA fiction enthusiast who is also tired of tropes, this is the fantasy book I’ve been waiting for. There has never been a book I’ve more wanted on my bookshelf. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Emmy
This Y/A novel starts slowly and a bit confusingly but builds momentum as it proceeds. We are asked to believe that there exists a parallel universe to our own with similar... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Alan A. Elsner
A Corner of White a sort of fairy tale adventure that involves communication between parallel worlds: the "real" world, and the "Kingdom of Cello," a place which... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Hervian Rose
I found this book to have a very interesting and original story. The chapters, or "parts", alternating between two different worlds. Read morePublished 10 days ago by N. Savoiu
What a great story...
Madeline Tully lives in The World (as do we) and Elliot Baranski lives in the Kingdom of Cello. Read more
Jaclyn Moriarty's mystery - fantasy novel is engrossing and highly imaginative. A Corner of White is a fantasy of letters crossing between the parallel worlds of Cambridge, England... Read morePublished 1 month ago by William S Jamison
Madeleine and her mother have recently moved to Cambridge (England), escaping (at least from mom's viewpoint) the mood swings and alcoholism of her husband. Read morePublished 3 months ago by E.M. Bristol
my daughter broke her ankle and is laid up so I got her this book to read to help pass the time. She really enjoyed it, lots of mystery, travel through time, an entertaining story... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
My 12 year old daughter seemed to enjoy this book a lot. She was able to quickly finish the book after a slow start. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fathom