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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Orion; Unabridged edition (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409124347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409124344
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,289,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marcus Sedgwick used to work in children's publishing and before that he was a bookseller. He now happily writes full-time. His books have been shortlisted for many awards, including The Guardian Children's Fiction Award, the Blue Peter Book Award, the Carnegie Medal and the Edgar Allan Poe Award.

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Teresa Gallagher's intelligent reading is simply wonderful: she gives the two girls light, subtly different voices... interspersed with the raspingly anguished diary entries of the... vicar... This is a superb contemporary gothic horror story, ostensibly for teenagers but with a lot to say to adults too. Beautifully written and irresistably dynamic, it explores themes of heredity, of good and evil, of the possibility of redemption and of the vital necessity of love, wherever it may be found. (THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

Fabulous book, fabulous reader, fabulous music ... quite simply, a stunning production. ...Aimed at 12s plus, this is a book that cannot be defined by age, and Theresa Gallagher's outstanding reading, together with Peter Rinne's wonderfully atmospheric music, makes it a feast for anyone's ears. (Kati Nicholl DAILY EXPRESS)

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A modern gothic thriller about what awaits us after death - angels or the devil. Unabridged edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 July 2010
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WHITE CROW is a deliciously dark, gothic tale of obsession, good versus evil, friendship and love. The story centres around Winterfold Hall and a young girl called Rebecca. In the late 1700's, Winterfold Hall belonged to a man who became obsessed with following one line of knowledge; the knowledge of what happens to us after death. Now, hundreds of years later, Rebecca has moved into the small community of Winterfold for the summer holidays. And although more than two hundred years have passed, the story of Winterfold Hall is not quite finished yet.

That is all I want to say in relation to the plot. I do not want to spoil it for anyone reading this who then decides to read the book for themsleves. As one of the characters themselves say in the book, "It's quite a horrible story", but like them, "I love it".
Although this is a novel aimed at teens, adults would easily enjoy it too. I literally devoured it; within one afternoon I had finished it. Sedgwick grabbed hold and did not let go for one second. It is extremely dark - not just in relation to the story behind Winterfold, but also in regards to the other plot of Rebecca and the people around her; the secret of her dad, the history of the girl she befriends are just two exapmles of this. This had the effect of almost every page being tinged with a sense of unease. The two stories, and how they weave together, really come to life so much so that by the end you feel freaked out to say the least!

I cannot recommend this novel enough. For anyone who enjoys very dark, atmospheric books this really is up your street. And, a word of warning for those considering to buy this for younger readers; it is scary and there are things that you may not think appropriate for some, so you may want to look over it before passing it on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julie Parker on 14 Mar 2011
Format: Hardcover
White Crow
Described on the front cover as "a modern gothic thriller" White crow mostly takes place in the here and now, but part of the narrative comes from 1798 through the diary of the local vicar. The action takes place in the small village of Winterfold, on the east coast, which has long been losing land to the sea and which was once a thriving town. Over two thirds of the place has fallen into the ocean. Rebecca moves there for the summer with her father, who obviously has something to hide and is running from the past. She meets a strange girl called Ferelith who has always lived in Winterfold and shows Rebecca some of the more interesting aspects of the place and tells her much about the local history and superstitions. The written narrative is told from three different perspectives which are identified in the text by differing type faces. We, as readers, have Rebecca's story told in conventional print; we have Ferelith's story told in sans serif print; and finally we have the vicar's story from 1798 told in a gothic style print. Many of the buildings are the same as those in 1798: Winterfold Hall; the inn called The Angel and the Devil and the church. The title White crow comes from Ferelith's belief that the existence of a white crow proves the existence of the impossible. As in other novels by Marcus Sedgwick, this novel challenges young readers' linear concepts of time, but has a gripping and unexpected denouement. Not for the squeamish, but will appeal to readers of 12+ with a taste for horror and ghost stories.
Julie Parker
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard Dearing on 26 July 2010
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This book is incredible. You always get a refreshing inspirational take on things with Marcus and this dosent disappoint. Like previous story telling it comes via converging characters through multiple story lines. It will make you think,change,challenge and revalue your own views on right and wrong, life and death. Building superbly into a macabre and chilling game for the girls that makes you question the extent you ever really know someone. Awkward situations beautifully told in the case of Rebecca and her father that remind you of being there yourself once. Marcus Sedgwick writes like none of his contempories and stands alone in his originality. It is almost a crime to pigeonhole his work as its for everyone and you could easily miss out on a tale that will stay with you forever.
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White Crow is a tough book to like. On paper it seems that this would have been an incredible read, whereas in reality, it struggles with pace. As a huge fan of Marcus Sedgwick I couldn't help but feel disappointed in the narratives. It was a book that tried to be something it isn't, and that's a thriller.

The three narratives that run alongside each other all differ in style. Rebecca, the protagonist is troubled by the forced move to Winterfold; her dad a shamed policeman whose decision caused the death of a young girl. In Winterfold she meets eccentric Ferelith, who is far from your normal teenage girl. As they grow closer to one another, their relationship is tested by Ferelith's constant questions of life.

Rebecca grated on me. I was really hoping that somewhere down the line Ferelith was going to give her a big slap. I found her totally unlikeable, having nothing to relate to her with. Ferelith on the other hand is unique, mysterious and full of character and it is a shame we don't get to discover too much into her past. It seems Sedgwick poses the questions, but never really answers them.

Where the book does succeed is in the eeriness of Winterfold. Especially as we discover (through the third narrative - from the POV of a man of the cloth) that back in the late 1700s, devilish things occurred in Winterfold, as the 'foreign doctor' has built a secret machine that help people discover who will come for them in their passing: an angel? Or the Devil?

I never really understood the change in style. Rebecca's narrative is told in third person present and Ferelith's first person past. I'm afraid to say that this book is very much style of substance, with just an ounce of mystery to it to keep you reading.
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