The “Colours of Madeleine” books are unique and interesting

They’re a nice change from the usual types of plots and characters


Vernon Bradford School Library

“A Corner of White,” the first book in the “Colours of Madeleine” series. “A Corner of White” by Vernon Barford School Library is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Elise Wood, Opinion and Clubs Editor

“The Colours of Madeleine” is a trilogy by Jaclyn Moriarty. The three books “A Corner of White,” “The Cracks in the Kingdom,” and “A Tangle of Gold” tell the story of the Kingdom of Cello and its dealings with The World.

These books are unique, and I would easily give them five out of five stars.

The trilogy follows the story of Madeleine, a girl in our world, and Elliot, a  boy from the Kingdom of Cello. When they discover a “crack” between their worlds, they begin to communicate. As the situation in Cello gets more dire and Madeleine faces her own problems in the World, they have to learn how to work together even from different worlds.

Although this book is fantasy, it’s not typical for that genre. It reads more like magical realism, and sometimes even like an alternate history or even one big metaphor. Unlike most fantasy novels, there’s little violence and a lot of interesting ideas. Anyone who wants to read something unique, and very different from most books around, would enjoy this trilogy.

Because these books had less action to propel it, I expected it to be clever and still engaging. It was even better here than I hoped it would be. The story keeps its momentum by revealing things that help you understand more, and this never got old. Some of the plot twists made me smile, while others were more serious, but all kept me interested.

A distinct cast of characters is another thing these books provided. You get to know a lot of characters, and all of them are quirky, human, and very well introduced. I felt like I got to know all of the characters pretty well by the end, and I won’t forget them.

The last thing I wanted from the trilogy was a plot that was consistent through the series while still providing closure at the end of each book. I hate it when books end on a cliffhanger or when the plot completely change from one book to the next. However, this series felt like a complete set, while still giving me a sense of finality at the end of each book. Rather than reading like one giant book or three completely separate ones, this was a true trilogy.

Although “The Colours of Madeleine” is currently out of print, you could still buy second hand copies from or from secondhand stores or check out the books at a library.

These books will surprise you at every turn, and you’ll never read another book like them. They’re a refreshing break from the types of books more common right now, and I think they’re worth anyone’s time.