Today The Colors of Madeleine tour also stops by Mundie Moms to feature “Gotta-Have Greens”! And be sure to also check out my review of A Corner of White which will go up at some point today :)
Today I have a guest post from Jaclyn Moriarty introducing Elliot Baranski :)
Elliot Baranski is fifteen years old. He lives in the town of Bonfire, the Farms, Kingdom of Cello. He is a champion deftball player, he breaks a lot of hearts, and his father has been missing for a year.
On the night that Elliot’s father went missing, the high-school physics teacher also disappeared—and Elliot’s uncle was found dead on the side of the road.
Official word is that a Purple must have killed Elliot’s uncle, and absconded with the missing two. But word around town is that this was a love triangle gone wrong, and that Elliot’s father has now run away with the teacher.
Elliot refuses to believe the rumours. He has spent the last year searching Purple caverns right across the kingdom, determined to rescue his father.
Now his mother wants Elliot to stop risking his life in this way—to give up on his dad and stay at home—and Elliot has just found something unexpected, hidden in the Bonfire highschool grounds. A letter from a girl named Madeleine who lives in the World.
To me, Elliot’s story is about the terrible anguish of not-knowing. Elliot is trying to live his life with an absence, constantly poised between conflicting versions of the truth. Meanwhile, in our world, Madeleine is experiencing a similar suspense. She is waiting to see if her own father will come looking for her and her mother, or will let them go.
The character of Elliot Baranski was partly inspired by my first serious teenage crush.
His name was Luke. (It wasn’t really. I changed it in case he reads this.) He was so wild and so gorgeous! But he could be quiet too, and listen with his eyes, and you could tell he knew right from wrong.
He held my hand once. Seriously. It was at a friend’s birthday party and someone had organised a game of hide-and-seek out the back. We had to pair up first, and tie our wrists together, then hide behind a tree or whatever. It made sense for him to hold my hand I guess, our wrists being tied together. But still. There he was. Holding my hand in the night.
We got found right away, behind the tree, which was annoying.
Anyway, when it was time for me to go home, he walked me to the front gate. The stars were out, moon shining, etc. I know he was just about to kiss me.
But then my friend—the birthday girl—came tearing up the driveway.
‘I thought I should wait with you too!!’ she shouted, as she ran towards us.
She stayed right there chatting with us both until my mother’s car pulled up to take me home.
A few weeks after that party, Luke got onto my bus, walked down the aisle, and sat down beside me. My heartbeat went into a sprint.
‘I’m so tired,’ Luke said. ‘Can I sleep here?’ and he put his head down on my shoulder. Seriously. On my shoulder. My heart went into a frenzy, tried to do three things at once, crashed into itself, and froze.
But a moment later Luke straightened. ‘You shoulder is too bony,’ he explained, kindly.
Look, I guess I can forgive my friend for joining us at the front gate of her house that night. She probably had a crush on him too. And it was her birthday after all.
But I’ve never forgiven my shoulder for being too bony that day.
Some songs that I listen to each time I write about Elliot, or about his town of Bonfire, include:
Beck – Devils Haircut
Beck – Jackass
Cherry Ghost – Thirst for Romance
Cherry Ghost – 4 am
Cherry Ghost – False Alarm
Vampire Weekend – Ottoman
About A Corner of White
A tale of two worlds, told in brilliant color.
Readers have loved bestselling author Jaclyn Moriarty since The Year of Secret Assignments. Now she gives them A Corner of White, the first in a suspenseful, funny, genre-busting trilogy that brings her fantastic characters, laugh-out-loud descriptions, and brilliant plotting to a fantasy setting.
Madeleine and her mother have run away from their former life and settled in a rainy corner of Cambridge, England (in our world).
In another world, in the Kingdom of Cello, Elliot is in search of his father, who disappeared on the night his uncle Jon was found dead. The talk in the town is that Elliot’s dad may have killed Jon 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. On both sides of the gap, even greater mysteries are unfolding — with more than one life at stake.
About the Author
Jaclyn Moriarty is the prize-winning, best-selling author of novels for young adults and adults including Feeling Sorry for Celia and The Year of Secret Assignments. Jaclyn grew up in Sydney, lived in England, the US, and Canada, and now lives in Sydney again. She is very fond of chocolate, blueberries, and sleep.
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