A Corner of White (The Colors of Madeleine #1)
This is a tale of missing persons. Madeleine and her mother have run away from their former life, under mysterious circumstances, and settled in a rainy corner of Cambridge (in our world).
Elliot, on the other hand, is in search of his father, who disappeared on the night his uncle was foun...more
It always pains me to have to write a review for a book that I know very few others will truly come to love. I don't deny that there are those who will pick up A Corner of White and persevere on through its slow start to eventually like this book, but the amount of readers who will possibly enjoy that slow beginning, the way I did? Few and far between. Nevertheless, A Corner of White is a splash of color in a genre suffering from cliches; a genre where originality has become a t...more
When I was a little kid, I used to love Alice in Wonderland. I mean, it had a talking cat, a singing mouse and daily tea parties - what more could one possibly ask for? But what I saw strangely seemed to make less and less sense to me as I got older. The more I returned to that old story, the more the whimsical brilliance seemed to dim and be replaced with a random series of bizarre occurrences without any sense to them whatsoever. There is no real plot, the closest to anything of that kind bei...more
There’s actually a lot of reasons why, most of them small and rather ignorable. Having a cast of identically ‘quirky’ characters is rather bland, but to a reader who likes their quirk, it’s enjoyable and ultimately harmless. And if a few concepts here and there aren’t explained well enough to actually understand them, well, sometimes that’s okay, too.
No, the problem with A Corner of White is the plot.
The absolute, utter, total, complete lack of a pl...more
First in The Colors of Madeline trilogy
Madeline and her mother have run away from her life to Cambridge. Elliot is in search of his father in the Kingdom of Cello. Elliot’s story is much more complex than Madeline’s. His family is the talk of his little farming town called Bonfire. Elliot’s father may have killed his uncle and ran away with his Physics teacher and Elliot refuses to believe that. He searches high and low in the Kingdom of Cello hoping t...more
In moments of extreme conceit and hubris, sometimes, things click with me and I become them. A pair of dragonfly wings catch my eyes and I decide that's what I'd be if I were a pair of dragonfly wings. Not a vein different, not a vein prettier. That's how A Corner of White clicked with me.
Other people blinked at regular intervals, but not Belle. Now and then her eyes would go into a flying panic where she’d blink and blink to catch up.
Unfortunately, I'd be a trying book and it'd take h...more
A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
Book One of The Colors of Madeleine series
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication Date: April 1, 2013
Rating: 2 stars
Summary (from Goodreads):
The first in a rousing, funny, genre-busting trilogy from bestseller Jaclyn Moriarty!
This is a tale of missing persons. Madeleine and her mother have run away from their former life, under mysterious circumstances, and settled in a rainy corner of Cambri...more
I think the cover reflects the story quite well. I love how the cover has the crack that represents the gap between the two different worlds and the colourful rainbows and background!
Would you live in The Kingdom of Cello......or The World?
Before A Corner of White, I have never read anything by Jaclyn Moriarty. I have seen her books around but at that time, I did not know that she is an Australian author and that he...more
Or does it? If a fantasy world exists, doesn't that make the entire book fantasy, including seemingly real-life Cambridge? What is fantasy, anyway? It can be characterized by a good vs. evil conflict, and I can't say anything like that exists in this novel. The troubles in the Kingdom of Cello are mostly g...more
The world building in A Corner of White is seriously...more
I have been a huge fan of Jaclyn Moriarty since I read Finding Cassie Crazy (released in the US as The Year of Secret Assignments) in high school. I immediately fell for her strong, quirky characters (especially Seb–probably my most longstanding YA crush), her talent for writing epistolary novels and the way she skilfully weaves plot threads to bring you to that ‘Wow I didn’t see that coming!’ moment. I didn’...more
This story is split between the two worlds of Cambridge, England and The Farms, Kingdom of Cello. There are two central characters Madeline Tully and Elliot Baranski. Madeline lives in a very familiar Cambridge and her life is a strange one. She ran away from ho...more
I picked up an ARC of this book at ALA but Scholastic Canada sent me a complimentary review copy, a finished...more
Corner of White is set in two worlds. The "real world" sections focus on Madeleine and her homeschool friends. (It's a bit m...more
A Corner of White is definitely book that's worth your time, taking place both in our world (Cambridge, England) as well as in Cello (more speci...more
When I read the inside cover of A Corner of White, I saw that it was about a boy and a girl from two different worlds.
I figured that it would be a very cliche book, where the boy and girl are long lost twins, or something of that nature.
Much to my surprise, this book was very different from my prediction, and I loved every second of it.
Meet Madeleine and Elliot. Madeleine is from "the World", basically a future version of earth. Elliot is from the land Cel...more
Now, on to the details: the book takes place alternating between The World, and the Kingdom of Cello. Cello is a place where Colours are organisms that are sentient- some are good, a...more
That is what it felt like thru 80% of Jacklyn Moriarty’s A Corner of White. At its heart, Corner is a mystery. The strangely converging worlds of Madelyn Tully’s England and Elliot Baranski’s Kingdom of Cello at first seem to have little connection - attacking colors, spies, errant princesses, missing persons, a butterfly child, mysterious illnesses and miracles. Yet they are all linked and possible because of a strange crack in the universe that allows these two teens to reach...more
This book is about a girl in our world and a boy in the Kingdom of Cello (yeah I know, weird name) a parallel world? I th...more
The fact that Moriarty can seemingly effortlessly weave Isaac Newton, Lord By...more
•Characters: Elliot and th...more
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She studied English at the University of Sydney, and law at Yale University and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD.
She is the younger sister of Liane Moriarty. She was previously married to Canadian writer Colin McAdam, and has a son, Charlie. She currently lives in Sydney.
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"If we know the solutions," said Belle, "they're not problems."
"Exactly," said Denny. "You do know the answers to most of your problems. Somewhere deep inside, you know.”
She'd turned to him, "What does my star sigh?" and he'd seen how much she'd liked the idea that she owned a star, and that it sighed; he'd seen in her eyes that her mind was rushing through the possible words that it could sigh.
It's true that his handwriting was bad: the "n" looked a lot like an "h."
But when he's crossed it out and written "sign," underlining the "n" three times, a vagueness had wandered onto her face, and she'd thought for a moment, then said, "Pisces," and smiled.”