- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Orion Children's Books (1 July 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1842551876
- ISBN-13: 978-1842551875
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.5 x 20.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,222,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
White Crow Hardcover – 1 Jul 2010
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an original and exceptional novel of tragedy, angels, devils and friendship (THE BOOKSELLER)
The narrative is fast paced and dark. The characterisation of the two protagonists is powerful (BOOKS FOR KEEPS)
This may be [Sedgwick's] most ambitious book yet ... explores religion, death, friendship, truth and love with an intensity that confident older readers will immerse themselves in (DAILY MAIL)
There are still gothic elements to White Crow, but this feels like something of a new direction for Sedgwick. This is essentially a contemporary tale of two girls' friendship in a long, hot, tense summer, but it is interwoven with a 17th century tale of bizarre experiments into the afterlife. It is an original and exceptional novel of tragedy, angels, devils and friendship. (Fiona Noble THE BOOKSELLER)
In Sedgwick's hands however we have a pared down glittering gem for older YA readers who are interested in things that are obscure and obscured... I will be pondering the story of these three characters long after I close the book, turning and turning their fates until I reach an accommodation between my understanding, the things I don't understand and the things that there will never be an answer to - until finally I can put the book away. (MIDDLETON AND FERMOY BOOKS)
Described as a modern gothic thriller, complete with angels and devils, it's a tale of two girls and their friendship in a long, hot, tense summer, but it is also interwoven with a 17th century tale of bizarre experiments into the afterlife. Perfect for fans of the The Twilight series but much more sinister and impeccably written! (LOVEREADING)
Marcus Sedgwick cleverly leaves questions unanswered, and there's much to ponder, not least the very sinister side to this intriguing, intelligent book for older teenagers, one whose obvious quality - in both imaginative and narrative force - makes it stand out. (Karen Howlett CORNFLOWER BOOKS BLOG)
a story both chilling and beautiful in equal measures.... Sedgwick has an extraordinary gift of being able to blur the lines between individual themes and characters. This is a book that deals with many questions about mortality and death, yet it never forces these ideas down your throat. Likewise, you warm to Ferelith even as she terrifies you. This is a love story and a horror story all at once. (AMO (Alternative Magazine Online))
There are moments at the end of White Crow that actually made my breath catch at the back of my throat. I never excepted a book featuring two young girls, aimed at younger readers, would connect with me and affect me so profoundly. Yet the ending is so shocking, perfect and right, that it wouldn't surprise me if it manages to reduce many readers to tears. This is a scary, heart-warming, intelligent book. The words of my review have in all likelihood not done it justice. Ten out of ten" (AMO (Alternative Magazine Online))
Sedgwick is one of our most versatile children's writers - he can make young ones laugh and draw older readers into atmospheric, chilling dramas with equal skill. This may be his most ambitious book yet... It's a demanding read... explores religion, death, friendship, truth and love with an intensity that confident older readers will immerse themselves in. (Sally Morris DAILY MAIL)
A modern gothic thriller about what awaits us after death - angels or the devil.See all Product description
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I have loved all of Marcus Sedgwick’s books that I have read so far, and so I was eager to get stuck into White Crow. The storyline of this novel was definitely interesting, but I was left feeling a little underwhelmed all the same.
The novel has a fascinating plot, full of twists and turns. I loved how the secrets of the mysterious Winterfold Hall were slowly revealed, and I also liked the development of the complicated friendship between Ferelith and Rebecca. Rebecca isn’t without secrets of her own, and I enjoyed trying to guess why she and her father had left London for a quiet coastal town. Most interesting was the mystery behind Ferelith herself: her backstory is slowly revealed over the course of the novel, but her motives were difficult to understand until almost the very end. Several times I found myself honestly wondering if she was insane. I liked that Ferelith and Rebecca both had points of view, so that the story could be seen from different angles. The third thread of the story is the diary of a vicar in 1798, and it added a horrifically scary note to the story.
I loved Ferelith; she was an amazingly interesting character, with her intelligence and charisma, but the chapters she narrated showed a more vulnerable side to her as well. Unfortunately, I thought Rebecca was horribly boring. She was like the worst stereotype of a teenaged girl: vapid, mean-spirited, unimaginative and obsessed with a boyfriend who clearly couldn’t care less about her. Her casual cruelty towards Ferelith really irritated me and she seemed to have no opinions or personality whatsoever. When I read a novel, I want the main character to be realistic and human, not a moronic cipher.
The book was beautifully written as always. I loved the descriptions of Winterfold and the sea, Ferelith’s musings on the afterlife, the vicar’s graphic descriptions of the unnerving events that took place in Winterfold Hall… the writing style was what will make this book stick in my mind as strange and beautiful.
Overall, this was an interesting and scary read, and I would highly recommend it except for the irritating main character.
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.
i have to say that while the whole story was entertaining and kept me reading, what really did it for me was rebecca and ferelith, i really wanted to see how they would turn out because it does seem as though ferelith is in love with rebecca but resents her because of this. im not ashamed to admit that i had no clue the story would end the way it did and it was poignant. hmmm, i will read it again, but maybe i`ll read something a bit lighter first. i hope i never meet anyone like ferelith because although i felt sorry for her at the end, i also thought that she is just a bit to dangerous to pity.
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