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White Crow

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,677 Ratings  ·  328 Reviews
It's summer. Rebecca is an unwilling visitor to Winterfold - taken from the buzz of London and her friends and what she thinks is the start of a promising romance. Ferelith already lives in Winterfold - it's a place that doesn't like to let you go, and she knows it inside out - the beach, the crumbling cliff paths, the village streets, the woods, the deserted churches and ...more
Kindle Edition, 241 pages
Published July 29th 2010 by Orion Children's Books (first published June 24th 2010)
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Vane J.

“If you wish to upset the law that all crows are black, you mustn’t seek to show that no crows are; it is enough if you prove one single crow to be white.”
– William James.

What a weird little book is the one I have just read. Markus Sedgwick sure knows how to write books that make me think so much.

You must have noticed all crows are black, aren't they? Now, imagine what would happen if one day you see not a black crow but a white crow. Your beliefs would be changed. You would not be able to say
With its creepy cover and synopsis, I was sure White Crow would be the perfect read for my creepy loving taste. When creepy turned to odd, and by odd I mean barf-on-some-pages-and-call-it-a-book odd, I knew I was wrong. *sigh*

A very spooky setting, White Crow lands us inside an eerie little town that is being slowly decimated by the ocean. This town inhabits only a small population and a lot of run down or abandoned dwellings. I thought right then it was going to be a fantastically creepy novel,
Kami Garcia
This is the book I wish I had written. Stunning and as close to prefect as I have found.
May 07, 2016 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another gamble which I must admit I wasn't sure I was going enjoy or not. Okay not the best opening line I will admit but here is my logic. I the book blurb does not really give a convincing reason to read it - well at least to me. It tells of 3 narratives which appear to be interlinked with at least one of them being from a distinctly different time. So not sure what the story is but it feels like there will be a cliche or two here.

Well I was wrong, I have read a couple of books from M
Ms Smith
I am really disappointed to be giving this book 2 stars! As it has been longlisted (and shortlisted shock horror) for the Carnegie award this time around I was sure that I was going to be swept away as I have been by other books by Marcus Sedgwick (Blood Red Snow White is awesome).

However. This story feels like it's been hastily written and there are three different narratives running parallel throughout the story and they never quite gel with one another. Without giving too much of the story a
Jul 14, 2016 Rikke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another weird story, but I kinda liked it. The ending especially. The style wasn't my favorite, but I do think Sedgwick is an amazing story teller, and It did hold my interest enough to finish it in one sitting. Still, it's weird, and you may want to be in the mood for weird, if you choose to read it.
4.5 stars. "A modern gothic thriller", the cover of this edition states, and it's certainly that.

I feel I should, by rights, include a trigger warning in this review. But if I specify, I will spoil the story badly, which I don't wish to do as it is important not to know in advance what will happen. To put it in the least spoiling fashion I can...this story contains death and discussion of death. So be cautious if any such topic is likely to trigger you.

It takes a little time to work out which v
As I was walking through the library I found myself In the HORROR section. I thought to myself " Why not I could use a good scare". So I read tons of the backs of the books hoping to find the perfect book to give me and good scare. I finally came across the book " White Crow ". Not only did the title interest me but the cover and as well as the description. So at that point I thought I had found the perfect book that would be a great page turner and something that will always leave me wanting mo ...more
Oct 17, 2011 Tatiana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kirkus
Sufficiently spooky and suspenseful for YA, but the ending is not satisfying in any way. Or I just didn't get it. In this case, your explanations are very welcome.
Apr 22, 2011 George rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
This book was confusing.
The diferent pionts of view didn't work.
The only character that was slightly interesting went slightly crazy.
And the story was wierd.
"White Crow" was a quick read that I'll admit seemed interesting in its premise and set up, but didn't quite live up to tying things together very well. It engaged me, certainly with it's mix of murder mystery, religious corruption and questioning, scientific limitations, supernatural hints, and atmospheric prose. However, I found that in the blend of the three viewpoint characters this novel takes on (a corrupted priest, a young woman named Rebecca, and her convoluted, off-center new friend Fer ...more
Jul 12, 2012 Rayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rayne by: Cillian Beyond Birthday
White Crow is a strange and gritty read. Confusing at times, frustrating at others, but impossible to resist, I couldn't tear myself away from it and its gory and horrifying images.

Rebecca is not particularly endearing or likable, but you feel for her and her situation, especially as she is dragged into Ferelith's games. But it is Ferelith who got my entire attention and interest all throughout the book. This girl was intriguing and mysterious and you know she is dangerous, but, like Rebecca, i
Jun 09, 2015 Christie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Marcus Sedgwick’s YA novel White Crow is not for the faint of heart, but careful readers will certainly be rewarded by this atmospheric tale. It’s a creepy story of science and obsession, of ghosts both real and imagined.

Rebecca and her policeman father move to Winterfold, a seacoast town in England. Like many other villages along Britain’s coast, Winterfold is slowly being eroded by the sea and what was once a bustling village of thousands of people is now “storm by storm, year by year” crumbli
Temi Panayotova

I really liked reading this book and just couldn’t let go of it.
Also the book is very interesting and some parts of it make my skin tingle.
I recommend the book to all of you who like his genre.
Aug 25, 2015 Rachael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
When does a genius become a monster? What happens when experiments go too far? Marcus Sedgwick's gothic horror 'White Crow' gives us two characters whose explorations centuries apart endanger the lives and sanity of their sidekicks.

One of these explorers is Ferelith, who obsesses over the girl who has just moved to her crumbling seaside town, finding ways to draw her into increasingly sinister games. Judging by other reviews, Ferelith is an unpopular character - FYA describes her as a 'book kil
Charlotte Jones
This whole book has a distinctly creepy feeling, that kind of feeling you get when you think someone might be watching you, where the hairs on the back of your neck stand. I won’t say anything about the actual story just because I think it is something that you need to discover for yourself but I will talk about the feel of the novel and the writing.

The writing itself was beautiful and poetic in parts, as I have found with other Sedgwick novels, and the narrative style was really interesting and
May 27, 2012 Maitha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Again, this book has been a gift and unfortunately super-natural or these kind of thrillers don't match my nature. The reason i didn't give it stars is not because it was not beautifully written, on the contrary it was written in a very good way it made me gloomy, depressed and wary for the couple of days I started reading it. If that was the effect that author was striving towards getting his readers to feel, then he succeeded.

I wanted to finish it quick and then throw it away. It's the same t
Yolanda Sfetsos
Jan 01, 2011 Yolanda Sfetsos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-paranormal
I was totally hooked by this book from the moment I picked it up. Seriously, I grabbed it this morning and kept reading, and reading... until I finished it. Took me less than a day because I got totally carried away by Rebecca and Ferelith's stories.

Rebecca has just moved with her father into a cottage in the coastal town of Winterfold. She hates that she's forced to live here, in a place that takes her twenty-five minutes to explore. She hates that she's left her friends and boyfriend behind in
Kirsty (overflowing library)
I found white crow to be a brilliantly creepy and fast paced read which I really enjoyed.

The thing I loved the most about this book was the characterisation. I thought the contrast between the two main girls was brilliant and I loved seeing how their strange little friendship developed and twisted and turned as the story progressed. I also though it was very clever how the author switched between the two girls and their opposing points of views on thes story.

I also loved how the author alternate
Jan 07, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book creeped me out. No. Really. There were no truly, truly graphic scenes (although blood is mentioned frequently on a few pages toward the end and a couple of descriptions of certain nastiness may gross out a few people), but it still creeped me out.

There is not much I can say to explain the book, though. Girl named Rebecca moves with her father to a very small coastal town in England that, over the years, has been literally falling apart and into the sea. The circumstances for their move
Mar 27, 2012 Keri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keri McLucas

Rebecca lives with her father after being uprooted, against her will, from her home in London. Ferelith is an odd teenager living a bohemian style life after the loss of her mother and father. Rebecca and Ferelith met the first time in place known as “lover’s seat”, a quiet clearing on a cliff in thier town, Winterfold. Although their friendship should have never started, the two girls share many secrets and a strong desire to know if life-after-death exists as well as the diff
May 11, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kelly Garwood

Sedgwick, M. (2011). White crow. New York, NY: Roaring Brook Press.

Genre: Mystery

Award(s): School Library Journal starred, Publishers Weekly starred

Format: book

Selection process: Nilsen, A. P. (Ed.). (2013). Literature for today’s young adults (p. 256). Boston, MA: Pearson.


Three different narratives guide this novel. The main story follows teenage Rebecca, newly arrived to Winterfold, a small and desolate town that is slowly being eaten away by the sea. Her father has broug
Jul 13, 2011 Dodie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully atmospheric, spooky and weird, Sedgwick's newest title throws the reader into a very contemporary and complicated teen relationship, gothic horror and some parental angst on top of that. And it all works. I read the galley edition on a plane and the Kindle reader to the right of me and the Kobo reader to the left of me were nosily eyeing the gorgeous cover (which I like better than what might be depicted here as the final cover) and change of font styles as the story flips from prese ...more
This is my second Marcus Sedgwick book and I will say that I thought that MidwinterBlood was the better of the two. This book was advertised as horror and is undeniably creepy and suspenseful. Sedgwick’s prose once again has the same sparse quality that I admired in MidwinterBlood and while it works, especially for the setting and atmosphere, I feel character development was lacking in this book. I am left unsure if this was purposeful, to leave it up to the reader to come up with some of their ...more
This is a darkly compelling story about a young teen named Rebecca who moves to a seaside village named Winterfold with her father, a police officer who is in disgrace for causing a wrongful death. Rebecca is less than enchanted with the village, but meets a strange girl named Ferelith who is rather insistent upon becoming friends. Ferelith lures Rebecca into some "dares" that provide a much needed sense of excitement for Rebecca, who is bored by her current environs. The book features two conte ...more
Jul 30, 2012 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Booklist Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth
Rebecca and her father have just moved from London to the small town of Winterfold for the summer. There Rebecca meets Ferelith, a goth girl who tells Rebecca the morbid history of the old building that is slowly crumbling into the sea. Hundreds of years ago, the local pastor and a foreign doctor started an experiment to determine what came after death. Ferelith believes she can use Rebecca for her own little experiment.

I feel like the cover of this book is going to turn a lot of people off from
Read this one in just a few hours. It was surprisingly short.

White Crow was very interesting & at times terrifying. Ferelith's character and Winterfold Hall had me so scared and amped up that I actually had to put the book down for a few minutes and watch a funny sitcom to get my mind out of the horror that was the Candle Room.

For some reason though, I just found something lacking about this book. The backstory with Rebecca's father was never really explored or explained. Neither was her e
Jul 06, 2016 Ceitidh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, best-ya
4.75 stars!

The beginning of the book was not very exiting. However, it gets so much better and good God! What a powerful story!

Marcus Sedgwick is a terrific author and he writes characters in an extraordinary. There is a one character in particular, who I hated and hated and HATED so much... Yet, In the end, I loved her. I understood her, and cried for her.

Marcus Sedgwick is capable of doing that, and more.

This is my second Sedgwick novel (the first one was Midwinterblood - phenomenal by the
4 Stars. Chillingly detailed and beautifully macabre in it's intensity, this tale delights with it's psychological twists into the gothic realm.
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Marcus Sedgwick was born in Kent, England. Marcus is a British author and illustrator as well as a musician. He is the author of several books, including Witch Hill and The Book of Dead Days, both of which were nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. The most recent of these nominations rekindled a fascination with Poe that has borne fruit here in (in The Restless Dead, 2007) the form of "The Hea ...more
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