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White crow by Marcus Sedgewick,
This review is from: White Crow (Hardcover)
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.