momstown Ottawa’s Mama Book Club was sponsored by Scholastic Canada for the month of November. This is the second time this year that we have been lucky enough to have Scholastic provide copies of one of their young adult novels for us to read. In the spring we were introduced to The False Prince. This time around we were given a choice of six different books. Our members chose A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty and the first book in The Colours of Madeleine Trilogy.
Madeleine Tully lives in Cambridge, England, the World – a city of spires, Isaac Newton and Auntie's Tea Shop.
Elliot Baranski lives in Bonfire, the Farms, the Kingdom of Cello – where seasons roam, the Butterfly Child sleeps in a glass jar, and bells warn of attacks from dangerous Colours.
They are worlds apart – until a crack opens up between them; a corner of white – the slim seam of a letter.
Elliot begins to write to Madeleine, the Girl-in-the-World – a most dangerous thing to do for suspected cracks must be reported and closed. But Elliot's father has disappeared and Madeleine's mother is sick.
Can a stranger from another world help to unravel the mysteries in your own? Can Madeleine and Elliot find the missing pieces of themselves before it is too late?
A mesmerising story of two worlds; the cracks between them, the science that binds them and the colours that infuse them.
I will be honest and say that this is not normally the type of book I would choose but that’s the great thing about book clubs; you open yourself up to new authors that you may not have otherwise considered. Along with many of our book club members, I read a lot of mystery books where the action starts from the beginning. A Corner of White takes a little longer to really get into the plot and get to the conflict of the story and you start to wonder where the connection is between the two main characters. However, the plot twist that brings everything together leaves you hanging and wanting to read the other two books right away.
If you are not interested in cliffhangers or trilogies, perhaps this book is not for you. However, it is definitely an easy read for those days where you just want to lose yourself in a book and let your imagination do all the thinking.