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Alek: The Children of Crow Cove (The Children of Crow Cove #4)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A little boy called Doup once came to live in Crow Cove, a little community nestled by the sea. Now he's ready to go by his birth name, Alek, and discover his own place in the world. Alek's journey takes him to the fishing village of Last Harbor, where he lives with his bitter older brother, works at an inn--and rescues a beautiful girl from ship wreckers who have killed h ...more
Hardcover, 134 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1996)
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Linda Lipko
Reading this series out of order did not detract from the story. The previous books The Crow Girl and Eidi received many honors including the ALA Notable Children's Book and A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.

Well deserving of honors, the author paints lovely, soft, fairy-tale like images. Her writing is a delight and it is a joy to read words used in such poetic fashion.

Her lyrical style is soft and brought to mind the ability to shake a snow globe and watch the characters interact
Alek, who used to be a little boy named Doup, is now all grown up and wants to track down his older brother. So with his father, he makes the journey over to the harbor where his brother stays between sea voyages. While he's there, he manages to get a job and start to make some friends.

Then he witnesses a murder, as shipwreckers plunder a ship they've lured to the coast. On top of that, he saves a girl from the shipwreck and is now hiding her at his brother's house. His brother is bitter about
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Let’s start with the things I was missing: How old is Alek? At some times he seems young, maybe 5 or 6 and other times maybe a preteen at 12 or 13. What does he look like? Not that I especially care but we got some sketchy descriptions of a couple of the other characters? Who exactly are all these people? I had a lot of difficulty keeping people straight, especially since they have convoluted relationships (foster mother, half brother, neighbor, estranged brother, etc.). A diagram would have bee ...more
This final book in The Children of Crow Cove series has Doup as the main character. Doup came to Crow Cove as a child with the Crow-Girl. He has lived there all of his life but misses his older brother Ravnar who has moved away. Doup reclaims his birthname of Alek and heads off with his father to town to find Ravnar. They discover his empty home that is dirty and dank. Ravnar only appears when his boat is in harbor, otherwise he is out fishing for a living. Alek’s father leaves him with Ravnar a ...more
The Crow Cove series ends not with a bang but a soft sigh. The last two paragraphs are maybe the purest, most beautiful prose I've ever read. The rest of the book is a little flat, a little mysterious. Probably I would have liked it better had I re-read the first three before I tackled this one- and I certainly recommend that you do that. There are always transcendent moments in Bredsdorff's books. This is no exception. You will want to eat oranges as you read.
Oct 01, 2012 Thia added it
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interesting series, survival danish style
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