A Corner of White - YA Review by Grace KL.

Reader: Grace KL.
Age: 14
Title: A Corner of White
Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Pub Date: 04/01/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: This book did several things very well.  The character development was well paced and the surprises unexpected but believable.  The inner thoughts of the characters were a little unbelievable for the real world, but perfect for the style of this book.  Also, the two main settings in this book seem very different at first, but the author very cleverly makes some important similarities between the two clear.
Memorable or Forgettable: This book had an abundance of memorable qualities.  The characters were zany, but each in their own special way.  The Kingdom of Cello was well developed, with the provinces each having their own vastly different qualities.  Even the events that take place in the real world felt similar to a different kind of fantasy as well, like the character being assigned to pretend that they are a famous scholar from Cambridge, or the main character running away from home 13 and a half times.
Cover: The only reason I picked up this book was because it was by Jaclyn Moriarty.  The cover does not fit the book, and does not at all suggest the fantasy elements and the Kingdom of Cello.  Something with a rainbow on it would be nice, or with more colors because those are central features of the book.
Age Range: 12 through 18 and up
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Additional Comments: Previous books by Jaclyn Moriarty have been told only with things written down by the characters like letters, memos, lists, diaries etc. but this one is a straight out narrative with some letters and notes mixed in.
Annotation: In the Kingdom of Cello, Elliot is frantically trying to locate his missing father. Meanwhile, in the World, Madeleine and her mother have run away from home to Cambridge. Elliot and Madeleine start communicating, and the two worlds seem more similar than ever before.

tags: fantasy / magical realism / mystery / contemporary / ya lit

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