Book Review by Jill Smith©Apr18
Title: A Corner of White
Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Publisher: Pan McMillan Australia
Madeline Tully lives in Cambridge with her mother. They used to be rich in their life before with her father. She had run away again, being rebellious, and she was surprised when her mother ran away with her.
Cambridge is cold and dreary with drizzling rain, and their attic flat cramped. Her mother sews to make a living with the sewing machine she’d won on a game show. Madeline’s homeschooling is unconventional and her friends close, but when friendships become strained she starts to rely on another friendship from a boy she’s never met.
The corner of white in a parking meter caught her eye. She read the letter and replied. The boy who she talks to is Elliott Baranski. Is he real? Does he really live in the Farms, in a town called Bonfire, in the Kingdom of Cello? How could seasons roam and colours be dangerous? Was there really a Butterfly Child living in a glass jar who had magical abilities to end droughts or even save lives?
Elliott’s father had disappeared and everyone in Bonfire thought he’d run away with a teacher from the school. Elliott didn’t believe that and he was out searching for his father who he believed had been captured and taken to dangerous territory in the Kingdom. Madeline’s mother was ill. Could they solve the mystery of where Elliott’s father had gone, and find a cure for Madeline’s mother?
I loved the way the viewpoint of each of the characters makes their worlds real to the reader. Elliott’s world often feels more real than Cambridge feels to Madeline. Mainly because Madeline is still hoping her father will come and take them back to his wealthy world. Was this ever going to happen?
Great book, quirky, fun and I couldn’t guess the ending, for those who love YA and fantasy this is a must-read.
This is an enchanting book and the glimpse of the next story enticing. I can’t wait to read the continuing journey of the people in the World and the people in the Kingdom of Cello.