This is a tale of missing persons. Madeleine and her mother have run away from their former life, under mysterious circumstances, and settled in a rainy corner of Cambridge (in our world).
Elliot, on the other hand, is in search of his father, who disappeared on the night his uncle was found dead. The talk in the town of Bonfire (in the Kingdom of Cello) is that Elliot's dad may have killed his brother and run away with the Physics teacher. But Elliot refuses to believe it. And he is determined to find both his dad and the truth.
As Madeleine and Elliot move closer to unraveling their mysteries, they begin to exchange messages across worlds—through an accidental gap that hasn't appeared in centuries. But even greater mysteries are unfolding on both sides of the gap: dangerous weather phenomena called "color storms;" a strange fascination with Isaac Newton; the myth of the "Butterfly Child," whose appearance could end the droughts of Cello; and some unexpected kisses...
I absolutely fell in love with The Year of Secrets Assignments when I read it way back when, and while A Corner of White seems almost nothing like Moriarty's others novels that I've read, I have no doubt that it will be spectacular.
|the Australian cover for A Corner of White|
The first version of the cover of this book that I saw was actually not the US one. It was somewhat of a relief to learn this, because, as you can see immediately above, the Australian cover is a little, well, plain. I have to say that I like the American cover a lot better—it's just so colorful and charming!
Releases April 1, 2013 from Arthur A. Levine Books.