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White Crow Hardcover – 1 Jul 2010

4.2 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,222,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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

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