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A Corner of White

I received my copy of this from the publisher.
A Corner of WhiteBy : Jaclyn Moriarty

Madeleine Tully lives in Cambridge England, the World. This is a newer life for her and one she is struggling to fit in to. Adapting to this very different lifestyle is complicated by the fact her mother is very sick.

Elliot Baranski lives in Bonfire, the Farms – The Kingdom of Cello. Elliot is a favourite son on Bonfire, hero of the local ball team and popular with the girls, but he is struggling to come to terms with his father’s disappearance. These two people discover a crack between the worlds and start communicating, a very dangerous thing for Elliot to do.

Things in the Kingdom are very different to things in the world, for in the Kingdom seasons roam at will and bells warn of attacks from different colours. Is there any way these two people from very different places can help each other?

This is a lyrical story, gentle and enthralling. Moriarty has presented a world that we know and given it a touch of  the strange in the form of Madeleine’s past life which seems somehow fantastical. She has paired it with the fantastical realm of Cello, which is very unfamiliar but seems incredibly tangible for all that is fantastical about it. Madeleine and Elliot have stories that tug at you, drawing you in and they are all the more engaging because they aren’t perfect. This story has a delicate touch as it weaves it’s spell around you until the last page.

Recommended and I look forward to reading the next one.

Publisher: Pan Australia

Published: 01 October 2012

Format: Paperback 400 pages

Categories: Friendship, Fantasy

ISBN 13: 9781742611396

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page.

A Corner of White – Cover

Coming out later this year (September) is best selling author, Jaclyn Moriarty’s new novel,  A Corner of White, this comes with a wonderful cover quote from Markus Zusak (author of The Book Thief).

Perfectly strange, and absolutely comical and heartfelt… Jaclyn Moriarty is one of the most original writers we have.‘  – Markus Zusak.

A little about the book:

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.


NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2011

The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards were announced this evening and the two categories that relate to children’s literature are the Patricia Wrightson Prize and the Ethel Turner Prize.


The Ethel Turner Prize ($30,000), named in honour of the acclaimed author of the children’s classic Seven Little Australians, is offered for a work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry written for young people of secondary school level.

Previous winners of the Ethel Turner Prize include Mem Fox and Julie Vivas, Markus Zusak, Ursula Dubosarsky and James Roy.

2011 shortlisted writers are…

Michelle Cooper – The FitzOsbornes in Exile. The Montmaray Journals: 2

Cath Crowley – Graffiti Moon (Winner)

Kirsty Eagar – Saltwater Vampires

Belinda Jeffrey – Big River, Little Fish

Melina Marchetta – The Piper’s Son

Jaclyn Moriarty – Dreaming of Amelia


The Patricia Wrightson Prize ($30,000) is offered for a work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry written for children up to secondary school level.

The prize is named in honour of children’s author Patricia Wrightson, whose books have won many prestigious awards world – wide including the Hans Christian Andersen Medal (1986) for The Nargun and the Stars.

Previous winners of the Patricia Wrightson Prize include Odo Hirsch, Shaun Tan, Narelle Oliver, and Li Cunxin and Anne Spudvilas (illustrator).

2011 shortlisted writers are…

Jeannie Baker – Mirror

Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood – Clancy and Millie and the Very Fine House

Cassandra Golds – The Three Loves of Persimmon

John Heffernan – Where There’s Smoke

Sophie Masson – My Australian Story: The Hunt for Ned Kelly (Winner)

Emma Quay – Shrieking Violet

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