Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Wilmington, North Carolina, is a great place to grow up, or it seems that way to Moses.  Since the abolition of slavery, the black population has gained respect and now his father is an alderman who writes for a local newspaper, while his friend Lewis's family lives in the rich part of town.  But there are some in town who don't like the changes, and will stop at nothing short of violence to return to the way things were.

Crow by Barbara Wright our latest River City Readers book.

This historical novel covers a time not focused on much in fiction:  The generation after slavery.  In telling the story leading up to the Wilmington riots, rather than seeing the former slaves instantly put in a position of oppression, we see blacks start to gain a foothold in society before the extreme backlash of the white supremacists.  Aside from providing an education on a little-seen piece of history, there is a compelling domestic story here.  Moses has a happy family, but plenty of strife is brought to their door.  The characters are all well-developed and dynamic and Moses makes a likable and relatable narrator.  My bet is on seeing this book again come Newbery time.

Crow is published by Random House Books for Young Readers and retails for $16.99 (hardcover).  I bought my copy with my very own money.  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

Join us Wednesday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m. at Left Bank Books Central West End for a reading and discussion of Crow with Barbara Wright!  If you are not able to attend, you can still call the store at 314-367-6731 x. 1 to reserve your signed copy!

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