A Corner of White

A Corner of White

Book - 2013
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Fourteen-year-old Madeleine of Cambridge, England, struggling to cope with poverty and her mother's illness, and fifteen-year-old Elliot of the Kingdom of Cello in a parallel world where colors are villainous and his father is missing, begin exchanging notes through a crack between their worlds and find they can be of great help to each other.
Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780545397360
Branch Call Number: MOR
Characteristics: 373 p.


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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 20, 2019

It’s so rare to find teen fantasy that truly doesn’t feel like anything else you’ve read, but this falls into that category for me. The world building was so imaginative and the resulting kingdom of Cello was so weird and specific and interesting that the book (and its two sequels, which are equally entertaining) felt completely different from other teen fantasy on the market. It is extremely quirky, so your appreciation of this may depend on your tolerance for quirk, but I really, really enjoyed it.

Mar 06, 2017

This whimsical book got off to a slow start, but it really grew on me and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

There is a magical kingdom named Cello where a boy accidentally finds a way to send notes into the world (our world). One thing I really like about this series is that there are whimsical fairy-tale touches mixed in with our modern technology.

There is a worldbuilding aspect as we learn about Cello and her royal family. This first book also contains some great facts about Isaac Newton, Lord Bryron and his daughter and colors!

Aug 20, 2016

Really wonderful and unique fantasy.

Madeline Tully had a history of running away from her glamorous life, but now that she and her mother Holly live in a rundown one-bedroom apartment, she can't remember why. When she starts getting notes in a parking meter from someone who says his name is Elliot Baranski who lives in a place called Cello and that she lives in a place called "The World", she's pretty sure she's caught up in someone's attempt at writing a fantasy novel.

But Elliot- and Cello- are real, and Elliot has some real problems of his own, most prominent of which is that his father Abel disappeared on the night his Uncle Jon was killed. That Abel might have run off with the physics teacher is about as bad as the fact that his uncle was killed by just one of the colors that wreaks havoc in Cello.

Elliot and Madeline form the most unlikely of friendships as he sees her through her alienation of her new friends Belle and Jack and her mother's increasingly serious health crisis and she begins to believe that he and Cello are real.

This was one of the best YA fantasies I've ever read, and the fact that Isaac Newton (!!!) was such an important part of it made it even better. (Byron...eh) I could not wait to read the sequels, and neither of those disappointed. Highly recommended.

If you're in the mood for a quirky story, this is the one for you. A little fantasy, a little romance, a light mood & tone. Perfect summer read!

JCLChrisK Jan 22, 2014

You might call this book "flighty" and "dreamy," but only if you have the most positive connotations and associations for those words possible--if you're partial to Luna Lovegood, for instance. It's certainly unexpected, inventive, and original: a story set in the real world that feels magical and fantastical paired with a story set in a fantasy world that feels contemporary and weighty, just randomly and whimsically skewed from the reality we know.

The teen protagonists of both stories are each dealing with parental loss in different ways and begin a tentative and confusing correspondence. Friends and communities come into play, there are mysteries to solve, and very real dangers must be faced, both internal and external, physical and emotional. It was a most fascinating, captivating, charming, and moving book to explore, and I'm looking forward to the next one.

LibraryK8 Oct 11, 2013

I am about halfway through and it is a wonderfully sweet fantasy book about dealing with the problems in your life and helping others.

May 21, 2013

This is a typical Moriarty book -- with changes in writing styles of various authors, teenage problems, a bit of a romance, a mystery twist, and a positive ending. If you liked "The Ghosts of Ashbury High" and "The Year of Secret Assignments, you will enjoy "The Corner of White" even more.

AliReads Oct 15, 2012

Stunning, magical, delightful and very funny. I like a bit of strangeness in my stories. And I love the writing, the characters, the worlds!

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Mar 13, 2017

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Feb 23, 2015

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