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Crow by Barbara   Wright
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Feb 15, 12

bookshelves: historical-fiction, elem
Read on February 15, 2012

Enjoyable, though the characters didn't fully come alive to me. Moses, the tween narrator, seems a bit too good (i.e. librarian--pleasing) to be true. While the period details are both fascinating and well-handled here, they felt like the point of the book. A setting in search of a story, and I don't see kids reading for setting much.

My other quibble is that emotionally critical plot developments are raised and then dropped abruptly. E.g. the young girl rescued from the riot--does Moses never think of her again? Or the shooting of his father, which is over in one paragraph and the funeral is in the next. There's no space for it to sink in. There's not that shocked silence in the text to echo what's just happened in readers' minds.
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