A Corner of White - Jaclyn Moriarty

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A Corner of White - 
Jaclyn Moriarty
Released: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Synopsis: "Madeleine Tully lives in Cambridge, England, the World – a city of spires, Isaac Newton and Auntie’s Tea Shop.

Elliot Baranski lives in Bonfire, the Farms, the Kingdom of Cello – where seasons roam, the Butterfly Child sleeps in a glass jar, and bells warn of attacks from dangerous Colours.

They are worlds apart – until a crack opens up between them; a corner of white – the slim seam of a letter.

A mesmerising story of two worlds; the cracks between them, the science that binds them and the colours that infuse them.

‘Perfectly strange, and absolutely comical and heartfelt ... Jaclyn Moriarty is one of the most original writers we have.’ – Markus Zusak"

What it's about: Two worlds - The Kingdom of Cello and The World, collide when a crack opens between them - big enough to get a letter through. Elliot, in Cello, has to deal with a missing father, a new girlfriend and a Butterfly child. Madeleine, in the world, has to deal with a sick mother, Isaac Newton and an absent dad. Together, perhaps they can help each other, with just the right nudge.

What I thought: Holey smokes. This book was amazing. I absolutely love Jaclyn Moriarty and when I heard she was releasing a new book, I was so excited. Now I have read it, I am so desperate for the next one! This book has a bit of fantasy, a bit of contemporary all rolled into one - two fantastically created worlds which you delve into and never want to leave. I know I didn't.

the good: The Kingdom of Cello! What a fantastic idea! In Cello, colours can be good, or dangerously bad. The seasons pass by with the wind. There is a Butterfly Child, the size of your index finger. Yes, this all sounds ridiculous. That is why you have to read for yourself and you too, like me, will discover this amazing world of Cello! Elliot is a teenage boy, hell bent on finding his father. He is a town hero and he has such a wonderful heart, I almost fell in love with him instantly. In the World, Madeleine has gone from a life of wealth and luxury to a life of beans and quiz shows. She knows her mother is sick somehow, but she can't convince her to see a doctor. She is strong but also vulnerable, another fantastic character. The characters, teamed with the plot line make for a fantastic read!

the bad: It was quite confusing at first, but you need to keep reading it, for it to make sense.


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Claire Blennerhassett

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  1. Great review. This is one I haven't heard of before. It sounds really good. Thanks for sharing it. :)

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  2. Info is out of this world, I would love to read more.
    a knockout post


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