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3.43  ·  Rating details ·  2,171 ratings  ·  384 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. ...more
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Orion (first published June 24th 2010)
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Vanessa 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
May 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ebook
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.
Weird and creepy, mostly in good ways. The multiple viewpoints fractures the narrative more than I would like. There's two present day viewpoints, one in third person and one in first person, and a first person POV from the late 18th century. I'm not entirely convinced that the 18th century POV was necessary, but I liked it anyways. Neither Ferelith nor Rebecca are particularly likable characters. Ferelith is a manipulative creeper, and Rebecca is strangely immature for a sixteen year old who gr ...more
Jul 01, 2016 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. ...more
Mrs Mallott
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
Apr 30, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Paul Ataua
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It is a few years since I read a novel by Marcus Sedgwick, and am now wondering why I took so long to get back to him. He knows how to tell a story, how to develop a mystery, and how to create atmosphere. ‘White Crow’ may be YA, but it kept me there from the beginning to the end, and more importantly, beyond the end.
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
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Talitha Elizabeth
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So storytime. This book is an EXPERIENCE. I borrowed it from the library one time and read it all in one sitting- not because it was short- because it was GREAT. I cried from pure terror in the book. I was terrified to sleep that night and that is precisely why I enjoy horror novels for that fear it provides. The anticipation and the excitement. I was raised on horror films and so no horror media can usually affect me. But this book. I loved the feeling it provided. That's what makes it my favor ...more
Jul 03, 2011 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. ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
3 stars

Mr Sedgwick, why must you always do this to me?

I love your style or writing, descriptions, and details, etc, and the stories that you conjure up are always so fantastic, unique and confusing and I enjoy reading your multiple POV's. They make you want to get to the core of what it's all about - but every time I am left dissatisfied with the conclusion.

You should be the spokesman for anti-climaxes.

I'll still read your books though. You are too bizarre to give up.
Jun 09, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Yolanda Sfetsos
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
"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
Jun 16, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Jan 02, 2012 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
Jun 16, 2014 added it
Shelves: white-crow
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
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A treasure of a Gothic tale, which combines a modern day story of a summer friendship with the entries of an 18th century cleric who gets involved in a diabolical experiment to prove life after death.

Both stories take place in a village, inspired by Dunwich on the Suffolk coast, in which coastal erosion has reclaimed part of the town.

I sat down after lunch and just read through it in one sitting, just captivated by Sedgwick's story-telling and the powerful atmosphere he created.
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.
4 Stars. Chillingly detailed and beautifully macabre in it's intensity, this tale delights with it's psychological twists into the gothic realm. ...more
Oct 27, 2018 added it
The reader discovers the crime and crisis of this event throughout this gory novel. The book is very descriptive and disturbing at some points. The violence occurs mostly towards the end of the novel however, small amounts are discussed in the middle. During the book there is lots of different violent scenes however, the worst being when Ferelith and Rebecca hear a young girl screaming down by the shore. Then they run over there and see that her eyes and mouth were just sewn shut. However, there ...more
Cathy Eades
I've read a view of the authors books, and I'm not entirely sure I could sum him up. Similarly, this book is hard to categorize. It has the feel of a YA, but a little younger than the norm possibly, say 12-14. The story is split between three narratives and two time periods. I actually liked the split and thought this would also appeal to YA readers as it allowed for a good pace of reading. The plot was a little muddled, there's more than one thing going on, and some of the things I wanted to ex ...more
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like most things; maturity, meetings, the cooking of the chicken in the oven for dinnger, I arrive late to Marcus Sedgwick's work. Book eleven into this man's dark-obsessed output and I'm starting to put this omission right. I listened to this on Audiobook where the triple layered narrative told from three points of view worked well. I would imagine if reading this you'd really need to keep your wits about you to keep track of what's going on and when you are. Intelligent stuff, never patronisin ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it liked it
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Full disclaimer time: I just adore Marcus Sedgwick. I loved MIDWINTERBLOOD so much that I gushed about it on here and to anyone who will listen to me. I talked with him a couple of times at ALA and both instances he was super charming and down to Earth. And he has an appreciation for THE WICKER MAN that I will totally respect and commend in anyone. While at ALA I bought his book WHITE CROW and asked if he would sign it for me along with my copy o
May 11, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Rebecca and her father move to the small town of Winterfold. The town is being eaten by the sea and disappears year after year. Rebecca is lonely with only her withdrawn detective father, who has been blamed for the death of a young girl, when she meets Ferelith, whom Rebecca feels drawn to and afraid of at the same time. Together they discover that the town of Winterfold has a secret, that only a few people, including an eighteenth century preacher, know.

Okay, for real. Marcus Sedgwick is a ge
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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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