Jaclyn Moriarty has always had a quirky, wryly humorous style, but in ‘A Corner of White’ she reaches new heights of lyricism. There were some. “Perfectly strange Jaclyn Moriarty is one of the most original writers we have.” Markus Zusak. Madeleine Tully lives in Cambridge, England, the World – a city of . The first in a rousing, funny, genre-busting trilogy from bestseller Jaclyn Moriarty! This is a tale of missing persons. Madeleine and her mother.

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Madeline and her mother have run away from her life to Cambridge. Elliot is in search of his father in the Kingdom of Cello. His family is the talk of his little farming town called Bonfire.

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This book has a lot going on in pages that feel more like There were times when reading A Corner of White felt more like a chore than reading, but this book is incredibly enjoyable once you get passed the few snags. This book took me over a month to read and I feel incredibly bad that it took so long. Moriarty is quite the lyrical writer. Her story flows and she has so many moriaryy quotes; with most lyrical writers there are snags and a few boring bits.

Another thing that annoyed me at first was the multiple POVs; there are at least ten different perspectives in A Corner of White. Once I got passed that I would be seeing two different worlds threw different eyes, I got moriargy to the flow of the story and by the end I actually liked the alternating POVs.

I have quite a few questions surrounding the Kingdom of Cello.

There are different Colors and levels and I found that easy to understand, but then Elliot would explain something about manipulating Colors and I was lost and confused. Instead of going back and rereading it multiple times which only makes me zone out even more I decided to read on and hope it would be further explained or mentioned. It was mentioned again and I was still utterly confused. I do love the concept surrounding the Kingdom of Cello jacyn and I love where this story ended and is taking off to jxclyn the sequel.

The main female character is Madeline. She is very bright and intelligent for her age though. The main male character is Elliot. I will forever remember his last name, which Koriarty. That is totally unacceptable and just a huge NO!

I hope he gets more character growth in the sequel. I was totally sitting there shocked. There are probably around 50 characters in this book. Belle, who I think is better suited for Jack and that Madeline needs to moriatty her eyes and see this as well.

I really liked the Sherriff and the guy that he worked with. Those POVs jxclyn quite interesting and gave a lot of information to the working of Bonfire.

One of my favorite things about A Corner cotner White is that this book seems very light and easy to read, but really it is a very dark story. I noticed towards the end of the book that Madeline was the person that did the leaving because she ran away and Elliot was the one who was left by his father. I noticed this before they even realized how they balanced each other out, so I win! This book made me laugh and cry all at once.

I had an extreme case of happy tears. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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 cirner of his father, who disappeared on the night his uncle was found dead. The talk in the town of Bonfire in the Kingdom of Cello is that Elliot’s da This is a tale of missing persons. The talk in the town of Bonfire in the Kingdom of Cello is that Elliot’s dad may have killed his brother and run away with the Physics teacher. But Elliot refuses to believe it. And he is determined to find both his dad and the truth. As Madeleine and Elliot move closer to unraveling their mysteries, they begin to exchange messages across worlds — through an accidental gap that hasn’t appeared in centuries.

But even greater mysteries are unfolding on both sides of the gap: Hardcoverpages. Published April 1st by Arthur A. Levine Books first published September 18th The Colours of Madeleine 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Corner of Whiteplease sign up.

Is this book set up as chapters being different points of view from different characters, like Wonder?

A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty

Miriam Robarts I haven’t read Wonder, but yes. Is there any swearing or sex? The characters are all hovering around the mark, so no sex and very little swearing that I can recall.

See 2 questions about A Corner of White…. Lists with This Book. Nov 06, Keertana rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 Rating: Nevertheless, A Corner of White is a splash of color in a genre suffering from cliches; a genre where originality has become a thing of legend.

As such, although it is not a book everyone will love, it is a book I firmly believe everyone should read. Or at least try to. A Corner of White is the tale of two teenagers, both who have lost their fathers in different ways, but both who feel lost in their own worlds in the same way.

In Cambridge, England, we are introduced to Madeleine, a girl who used to run away often until, one day, her mother ran away with her; away from their rich father and into the cramped flat they now reside in. For much of the novel, Madeline remains an enigma. In fact, what we do learn about her, we learn from best friends Jack and Belle. Jack, who has a massive crush on Madeleine, sees her as a spirit who won’t be tied down, as someone who adds color to the world. Belle, slightly more cynical, is quick to call into question the opulent past lifestyle that Madeleine used to lead, along with her strange-named friends who seem unreal.

Yet, all Madeleine really aches for is the familiarity of her father and she detests being tied down both to England and her mother who seems to be half-crazed at times. Although she is an avid fact-collector, the fact that her mother attempts to be the same – unsuccessfully – in the hopes of winning a game show competition, frustrates her.

As things in Madeleine’s life slowly begin spiraling out of control, it is the letters she writes to a boy named Elliot who lives in Cello, a world she firmly believes in fake, that keep her from cracking. In Cello, a parallel world, Elliot has just returned from another fruitless search for his father. In Elliot’s world, Colors are dangerous creatures that can either attack or cause the inhabitants of the towns they pass to feel a multitude of emotions.


Only a few years ago, Elliot’s uncle was found dead, torn apart by a Purple, next to their truck and Elliot’s father and the high school physics teacher found missing. Although many townspeople believe that Elliot’s father ran off with the teacher, Elliot refuses moriraty let go of the belief that his father is being help captive by a Purple.

Now, back in his morairty, Elliot finds that his father’s shop has been rented out to the Twinklehams, that the famed Butterfly Child is due to arrive in a jar corneg time in Cello, and that the Princesses are on a grand tour.

In the midst of this, though, Elliot finds a letter in a small crack in the sculpture his friend made and thus begins a correspondence between himself and Madeleine. Although neither of them take their initial letters too seriously, with time, their bond of friendship and trust deepens until, surprisingly, they become the solution to each others problems.

A Corner of White has so much going for it that I hardly know where to begin. Each chapter of this novel alternates between Our World and Cello with the third person narration of Jack and Madeleine or Elliot and the Sheriff of Cello. Additionally, within the sections concerning Cello, Moriarty uses excerpts from Tourist Guides to explain her world and magazine clippings written by the Princesses on their tour to give us full insight into the political system present in her fantasy realm.

Surprisingly, this method worked very successfully, mostly because it was used sparingly.

Nevertheless, through it and the letters Elliot sent Madeleine, Moriarty was able to paint a thorough image of Cello in our minds, astonishing me with the depth of her world-building. Yet, what makes A Corner of White such a special novel are the characters themselves. Madeleine, as I’ve said before, is a protagonist we are rather unsure of at first. As we slowly glean more glimpses into her life, however, our hearts go out to her.

A Corner of White, it will surprise you to know, is a classic find-your-way-in-the-world novel, only in an entirely different way.

What I love is that Madeleine has been running away all her life, unable to realize who she is or discern the harsh realities of her past. Only now, through strong friendships, bonds with the mother she never truly knew, and a grounding home is she able to look into herself and see the blessings she’s been bestowed in life. Madeleine, in particular, enjoys metaphors and when she is assigned a project to become Isaac Newton, she begins to see him in every aspect of her life.

Although I am never one for enjoying extended school assignments, especially in novels, the facts dispersed throughout this novel about Newton only served a greater purpose and the clever allusions and larger metaphors all came back to pleasantly blow my mind.

Along with Madeleine, though, Elliot too is lost in his world. Despite being the “star child” of his town, Elliot doesn’t know who he is without his father or without the purpose of finding him. Yet, though Elliot is revered in his town, we can see that he has a bitter side to him as well.