A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty is an expertly-crafted, genre-blending tale (mystery, realism, fantasy and mad-cap humor) of two stories that run parallel. In our world, near Cambridge, London, Madeline and her mother have run away from home under mysterious circumstances, while in the Kingdom of Cello, Elliot is searching for his father who also disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
Madeline, her mother and friends are eccentric characters. Madeline wears bright and frequently clashing colors to spice up what she calls her dull and much poorer life since they left her Dad. She and her friends are home schooled on topics and in a manner that is equally odd. For example, they study history by living as someone from the past. Thus begins, Madeline's fascination with Isaac Newton and her friend Jack's fascination with Lord Byron.
While in Elliot's world, the seasons come and go within days, sometimes hours. They are plagued by waves of color storms that effect their emotions and set the whole town on edge. One color may cause you to profess love while another to commit violence or yet another gives you an inexhaustible supply of energy to tend to all those chores you've been meaning to get done. It's a strange and whimsical place. There are rumors of a Butterfly Child who would could set the place to right.
Quite by happenstance, Elliot and Madeline begin communicating across worlds when Madeline finds a note stuck in a crack of a broken parking meter. She believes someone is writing a fantasy novel and communicates back giving him advice on how to improve his novel. Elliot however, is aware of "the world," Madeline's world. It is a crime in Cello to communicate with it. All cracks are to be reported and immediately sealed.
This was a delightful, well-written book. I picked it up because of the praise on the back cover by another author I enjoy, Deborah Harkness: "A marvelous novel - in every sense of the word - with all the qualities of a literary classic. Just like the letters exchanged between the main characters, A Corner of White, slips through the previously unnoticed crack in the reader's heart and changes everything."
I'm so glad I read it. It will appeal to both fans of realistic fiction that want to spice things up with a little fantasy as well as fantasy lovers who may want to try something grounded with a little realism.
The library will be hosting an author event in September where you can rub elbows with local authors who write for teens. One of our featured authors is Melanie Crowder, author of Parched. In a South African land parched by drought, Sarel and her parents fight for survival on a daily basis. Sarel’s parents lose this fight when they are shot by gang members, who then burn the family residence to the ground. Not sure what to do, Sarel moves into the dog kennel and spends her days searching for food and water to keep both herself and the dogs alive. Soon after, Musa, a boy who was kidnapped and forced to drowse for water in the gang that burned Sarel’s home, arrives badly injured. Musa may be Sarel’s only hope for survival.
Meet Melanie Crowder and other authors at Books and Bites at the Arvada Library on September 20, 6-8:30.
Are you ready to go back to school? If you are feeling nervous about starting a new school I recommend checking out Friends with Boys. Maggie is starting High School after being homeschooled. She has older brothers to help her out but they have their own lives. Complicating matters is the fact that Maggie's mom has abandoned the family and also Maggie is being haunted. If you enjoy this graphic novel check out Hicks' entry in the book Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to their Teen Selves.
"City of Bones" will be released this week on Wednesday! Author Cassandra Clare was very active in the process of making this movie, including attending auditions. Clare's grandfather was a movie producer so she has an insider view on how movies make it from book to production. Filming for the second movie "City of Ashes" is set to begin this fall.
The library will be hosting an Author event in September where you can rub elbows with local authors who write for teens. One of our featured authors is C.S. Shride, winner of the Colorado Book Award.
Lucy Dakota is one cool teenager. She climbs mountains, braves roiling white water, rappels off cliffs and travels the world! Best of all, she isn't afraid to be herself. But it wasn't always this way. Lucy's story is my story. It's your story. It's anyone who's ever been bullied's story. Anyone who's ever been pressured to do something they didn't want to's story. Anyone who's ever wanted desperately to fit in or belong's story. Lucy Dakota isn't different from other teens - she is just like them.
Meet C.S. Shride at Books and Bites at the Arvada Library on September 20th, 6-8:30.
A. S. King has a new book coming out this fall. Reality Boy is the story of Gerald who was on a reality show similar to "The Nanny" when he was 5 years old. From events on this show he now has the legacy of the nick name "The Crapper." Needless to say, this does not increase his social standing at his school. Gerald is still dealing with anger issues from his dysfunctional family and trying to make it through school when he meets Hannah, a fellow cashier at his job. Can he escape the shadow of his past and run away with the circus? (And I do mean literally run away with the circus.) I got an advanced reader copy of this book and I loved it. I recommend you get on the hold list for Reality Boy today!
Did you know Uranium in the Rocky Mountains gives Denver a 50% higher level of radioactivity than most other U.S. cities? This is the equivalent to getting three chest x-rays per year. Ironically, the cancer rate is lower in Denver than in the rest of the country. Want to know more? Check out the book The Instant Physicist: An Illustrated Guide. Amaze your new teachers with your knowledge of science this school year!
Seventeen-year-old Wren was shot in the chest five years ago. After 178 minutes, she came back to life as a Reboot. She's strong, fast, and unemotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are, and Wren is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas, now serving as a soldier for the Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation.
Part of Wren's job is to train new Reboots, and Callum is one of the worst she's ever worked with. Callum was only dead for 22 minutes before becoming a Reboot. He's practically still human - frustratingly slow, emotional, and always asking questions. But Callum makes Wren feel alive, so when she is ordered to eliminate Callum for failing to measure up, Wren decides to disobey.
Reboot is a fast-paced, thrilling dystopian story with a fascinating premise and just the right amount of romance. Pick this up while you're waiting for the last book in the Divergent trilogy - you won't be disappointed!
I am a dog lover. Few things make me happier than spending time with dogs, although in a pinch I will settle for looking at pictures of dogs. That's why I love this new book, Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics by Theron Humphrey. The book is an offshoot of the author's blog, in which he documented Maddie's year-long trip around the country, meeting people and balancing on everything from basketball hoops to shopping carts and soup cans.
Theron (who adopted Maddie from a Georgia rescue group) is traveling the country again with a new project - documenting rescue dogs and their families. He's still taking pictures of Maddie, though. You can even meet this photogenic coonhound when Theron's book tour swings through Colorado later this summer.