A Cloud of Outrageous Blue (Hardcover)

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Vesper Stamper couldn't have known just how relevant her newest book's Great Plague setting would be, but reading this during COVID-19 was surreal. (The nun/medic Joan's desperate rush to understand and combat the plague was particularly relatable and chilling.) However, it would't do this novel justice to focus only on the grief and darkness that parallels current life--there is also great beauty in Edyth's story and her multi-sensory descriptions of her world, exquisitely complemented by Stamper's illustrations. While it eerily resonates with the current moment, it also fully transported me back to another time and place.

— Brittany B.


For fans of Fever 1793 comes the story of a young woman paving her own path and falling in love during the Great Plague of 1348, from the award-winning creator of What the Night Sings.

Edyth grew up in a quiet village with a loving family, before losing everything she holds dear in the blink of an eye. Suddenly sent to live in a priory and work with ancient texts, Edyth must come 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 and save herself.

From the award-winning author-illustrator of What the Night Sings comes a new journey of self-discovery and love in the most uncertain times.

About the Author

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 vesperillustration.com.

Praise For…

Beautifully written, richly imaginative, and graced with fully realized characters. . . . A feast for fans of historical fiction with a magic twist.” —Booklist, starred review

“Stamper’s dark and well-researched historical tale moves swiftly, incorporating elements of the miraculous and affectingly punctuated with elegant watercolor illustrations in hues that recall illuminated texts.” —Publishers Weekly

“Edyth’s narration builds a rich picture of the Middle Ages, both in the beauty of the ink and the illuminating she eventually works on and the merciless reality of the bubonic plague, and her synesthesia gives a striking elegance to her descriptions.” —The Bulletin

“The impression that will linger in the minds of those who read this expansive, beautifully crafted novel is the triumph of empathy above all.” —Bookpage

Product Details
ISBN: 9781524700416
ISBN-10: 152470041X
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 25th, 2020
Pages: 320
Language: English