The Colours of Madeleine: Book One
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.
WINNERNew South Wales Premier's Literary Awards
WINNERQueensland Literary Awards
FINALISTAndre Norton Award (Nebula Awards)
A KIRKUS BEST BOOK OF THE YEARKirkus
What others said about A Corner of White
``Her irresistible characters help readers navigate a tantalizingly complex plot that will leave them eagerly awaiting the next book.``Horn Book, starred review
``Quirky, charming, funny, sad: another winner from this always-surprising author.``Kirkus, starred review
``Lovely fantasy . . . ultimately, this is a story of two teenagers helping each other figure out their places in their respective worlds.``School Library Journal, starred review