The Cracks in the Kingdom: Book 2 of The Colours of Madeleine
Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545397384 Hardcover
480 Pages | 5.93" x 8.53" | Ages 12 & Up
Picking up where A Corner of White left off, Elliot is more determined to find his father than ever, now that he knows he's still alive. But first he must help Princess Ko find her own missing family, as the secret search for the royals of Cello begins. As part of the Royal Youth Alliance, Elliot will travel all over the Kingdom of Cello looking for any clue or detail or spell that could bring them (and maybe his own father) home. But once he learns that the royal family has been trapped in the World all this time, with no memory of their former lives, his real value to the Alliance becomes clear: He's the only one with a connection to the World, through Madeleine.
Together, 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, the writing both hilarious and heart-poundingly suspenseful, and the experience of reading it, sheer pleasure.
Raves & reviews:
"Fabulously quirky fantasy . . . Psychological depth, heroic action, wit, suspense and invention intertwine beautifully. Not to be missed." -The Toronto Star
"Fun and charming." -CBC The Next Chapter
*"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
*"The plotting is as innovative and riveting as the world-making here, and the characters are drawn with the same rich dimensionality you find in Pratchett's Discworld or one of Diana Wynne Jones's fantasies." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review