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A cloud of outrageous blue / Vesper Stamper.

Stamper, Vesper, (author,, illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

1 current hold with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library Y STA (Text) 33500013299110 New Available -
Fosston Public Library Y STA (Text) 33500013299128 New Checked out 01/26/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781524700416
  • ISBN: 152470041X
  • ISBN: 9781524700423
  • ISBN: 1524700428
  • Physical Description: 307 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2020]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"This is a Borzoi book" --title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.:
After her parents' deaths, Edyth is sent to live in a priory, where she begins to make a new life--a life that will be threatened by the approach of the Great Plague.
Edyth lost her family and everything she held dear in the blink of an eye. Sent to live in a priory and work with ancient texts, Edyth comes to terms with her new life and the gifts she discovers in herself. But outside the priory, something much worse is coming. With the reappearance of a boy from her past and the ominous Great Plague creeping closer and closer to the priory, it will be up to Edyth to rise above it all-- but to do so she must choose between her dreams and her destiny. -- adapted from jacket

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 May #2
    *Starred Review* It's 1348. Orphaned and impoverished, 16-year-old Edyth is remanded to a priory to be a conversa, not a nun but a laborer. There she is assigned to the scriptorium, where she will learn to mix pigments. The colors are brilliant and inevitably remind her of her secret: she has synesthesia and thus sees sounds as colors. No one knows this, not even John Mason, a boy from her village for whom she has tender feelings; she is astonished when he shows up with a group of other stonemasons to rebuild the priory's chapel. The two steal time together, falling in love, but when they are discovered, the sub-prioress, Agnes, beats Edyth in punishment. When the kind prioress learns of Edyth's synesthesia and of a terrible dream the girl has had, she believes the dream to be prophetic, pronouncing Edyth a visionary. For indeed a terrible force strikes in the form of the Black Death. What does Edythe's vision have to do with this, and what will it mean for her relationship with John? The book—told in Edyth's first-person voice—is beautifully written, richly imaginative, and graced with fully realized characters. Parts are melodramatic, yes, but compelling nonetheless. As in What the Night Sings (2018), Stamper illustrates the story, making it a feast for fans of historical fiction with a magic twist. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Vesper Stamper was born in Nuremberg, Germany and raised in New York City. She married filmmaker Ben Stamper right out of college, and together they have two wildly creative children.When Vesper earned her MFA in Illustration from School of Visual Arts, Ben gave her an orange tree. She illustrates and writes under its leaves and blossoms at her grandfather's old drafting table, in the pine woods of the Northeast. Follow her on Twitter at @vesperillustrat and on Facebook at @vesperillustration, and learn more at

Subject: Young women > Fiction.
Laity > Fiction.
Priories > Fiction.
Great Britain > History > 14th century > Fiction.
Plague > Fiction.
Artists > Fiction.
Synesthesia > Fiction.
Visions > Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Young women > Fiction.
Laity > Fiction.
Priories > Fiction.
Plague > Fiction.
Artists > Fiction.
Synthesia > Fiction.
Visions > Fiction.
Young adult fiction
Young women
Great Britain
Genre: Young adult fiction.
Historical fiction
Historical fiction.

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