The Cracks in the Kingdom (The Colors of Madeleine Series #2)

The Cracks in the Kingdom (The Colors of Madeleine Series #2)

by Jaclyn Moriarty

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The second in Jaclyn Moriarty's brilliant, acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Colors of Madeline!

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545633697
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Series: Colors of Madeleine Series , #2
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
File size: 12 MB
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Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jaclyn Moriarty is the award-winning author of A Corner of White, The Cracks in the Kingdom, A Tangle of Gold, The Year of Secret Assignments, The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie, The Ghosts of Ashbury High, and The Spell Book of Listen Taylor. A former media and entertainment lawyer, Jaclyn grew up in Sydney, Australia, lived in the United States, Canada, and UK, and now lives in Sydney again. She is very fond of chocolate, blueberries, and sleep.

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From THE CRACKS IN THE KINGDOM:They all hesitated, deciphering the warning bells. “That's twinned Colors.”“Blue and – what? Aquamarine?”“No, Blue and Green.”“Level-four Blue?”“Better: 5(a).”“Then it must be Green 6(b). They travel together.”Sergio spun on his heel. “Then it is Turquoise Rain! It is what I have wanted to know ever since I am coming to your Kingdom!”The Princess and Keira were both grinning. They caught each other's eyes. “You've been in Turquoise Rain before too?” Keira nodded.Nobody else had. “Anyone who wants to go inside, go now,” the Princess said, swinging her elbow back toward the kitchen door. “But I'm staying out.”“What's it like?” Elliot asked. They were speaking over the warning bells, which continued to chime. Nearby, doors were slamming, shutters clattering, footsteps running. Something made of glass hit the ground, spiraled, then stilled. The laneway was empty. “It's like possibility,” Keira said, her eyes searching the night sky. “You feel wild,” the Princess explained. “Like you could dance on the wildness –catch hold of it, straddle it, and fly it.”“I have read,” said Sergio, “that it makes the world sing with hidden doors. That the effect is so beautiful you wring it from your clothes for days to come.”Samuel took a step backward, eyes alarmed. “Turquoise Rain!” He crouched to find where his hat had fallen, hands trembling. “It is dangerous! It has been known to quicken the heart so that some fall dead!”“Not many,” the Princess countered. “And they've usually got a preexisting condition or something.” A thought occurred to her. The volume of the bells was increasing, so she shouted to be heard: “Some people get addicted. They do it once and then basically ruin their lives chasing it around the Kingdom.” The bells stopped. “So if you're an addictive personality” – the Princess looked from Sergio to Elliot – “it's maybe a mistake.” “And if this is your first time in a night-dwelling city,” Keira added, twisting on her heel, “it'll be sensory overload already.” She regarded Elliot. “Especially you, Elliot, since you're pumping already about your dad.”He shrugged. “I'll risk it.” Sergio danced down the laneway. “When will it start?”“I will see you all on the morrow!” Samuel pressed up against the kitchen door. “Please to all be alive at that point.” He reached for the handle – and a drop hit his hand.

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