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Crow by Barbara Wright

Crow (edition 2012)

by Barbara Wright

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Authors:Barbara Wright
Info:Random House Books for Young Readers (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 304 pages
Collections:Young Adult
Tags:race relations, historical fiction, african americans, post-slavery, wilmington

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This fictional account of the Wilmington Massacre is an emotionally difficult book to read, especially as the white mob mentality begins challenging and destroying the blacks' lives, homes and businesses. Moses lives with his Boo Nanny and parents (mother is a house maid, father writes for the black newspaper). He is a typical boy, hanging out with friends, splashing in the creek, etc., but his educated father wants more for him, to be strong in his convictions and pursue his schooling. Moses doesn't fully understand why, but he does enjoy school. What his father had not prepared him for was dealing with prejudice. In this regard, Moses grows up far too quickly. Powerful and literary. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
  BRCSBooks | Aug 15, 2014 |
A compelling read about a black boy in 1898 on the eve of a race riot in Wilmington, North Carolina. The days of slavery are only a generation past. Members of the black community face hated, lynching, and the constant daily threat of intimidation. The story of Moses, the young son of a prominent member of the black community, is beautifully and movingly told. As an approaching election brings racial tension to a boil, Moses discovers what it means to be a man. The themes and language of the book make this a novel for 8th grade and above: lynching, rape, the life of slaves. The author also uses the word "nigger," which will make it a difficult read for some teenagers--or at least, difficult for their parents. ( )
  Turrean | Feb 15, 2014 |
I didn't love this book as much I'd hoped to. I felt like the author was writing a story about adults for adults but decided for some reason to stick a child protagonist in the middle of it. There were lots of details and implied storylines that went over the main character's head. I found this distracting and annoying.
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  KristySP | Apr 21, 2013 |
Outstanding historical fiction about a little-known race riot in Wilmington, North Carolina at the turn of the century with vividly drawn characters and setting. A powerful portrait of racism. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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The summer of 1898 is filled with ups and downs for 11-year-old Moses. He's growing apart from his best friend, his superstitious Boo-Nanny butts heads constantly with his pragmatic, educated father, and his mother is reeling from the discovery of a family secret. Yet there are good times, too. He's teaching his grandmother how to read. For the first time she's sharing stories about her life as a slave. And his father and his friends are finally getting the respect and positions of power they've earned in the Wilmington, North Carolina community. But not everyone is happy with the political changes at play and some will do anything, including a violent plot against the government, to maintain the status quo.
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In 1898, Moses Thomas's summer vacation does not go exactly as planned as he contends with family problems and the ever-changing alliances among his friends at the same time as he is exposed to the escalating tension between the African-American and white communities of Wilmington, North Carolina.… (more)

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