Book Two: The Colours of Madeleine

Cracks in the Kingdom

Princess Ko’s been bluffing about the mysterious absence of her father, desperately trying to keep the government running on her own. But if she can’t get him back in a matter of weeks, the consequence may be a devastating war. So under the guise of a publicity stunt she gathers a group of teens — each with a special ability — from across the kingdom to crack the unsolvable case of the missing royals of Cello.

Chief among these is farm-boy heartthrob Elliot Baranski, more determined than ever to find his own father. And with the royal family trapped in the World with no memory of their former lives, Elliot’s value to the Alliance is clear: He’s the only one with a connection to the World, through his forbidden communications with Madeleine.

Through notes, letters, and late nights, Elliot and Madeleine must find a way to travel across worlds and bring missing loved ones home. The stakes are high, and the writing by turns hilarious and suspenseful, as only Jaclyn Moriarty can be. (Arthur A. Levine Books)



Aurealis Award (Best Young Adult Novel) 2014


Queensland Literary Awards 2014


New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards (Ethel Turner Prize) 2014


Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2015
What others said about Cracks in the Kingdom

``Beautifully written and deftly imagined, Jaclyn Moriarty draws her readers into a universe that flits between our world and … somewhere else.... This is top-drawer storytelling that challenges, entertains and inspires in equal measure.``

NSW Literary Awards (Ethel Turner Prize), Judge's Comments

``... charming blend of fantasy, quirky humor, attractive geeky teens, and genuine compassion for those who have lost their health, family, or identity… Moriarty’s magical kingdom boasts a rich and creative history, and her matter-of-fact and logically detailed narrative tone will appeal to Harry Potter fans.”


“Moriarty still provides more frissons of delight than many other authors…. Alarming plot twists and welcome surprises greet readers at every turn, and enough ends are left dangling to engender anticipation for the next installment.”

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books