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The Little Known

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  416 ratings  ·  71 reviews
A good-hearted boy. A segregated town. A stolen fortune. A coming-of-age story full of hope and forgiveness When twelve-year-old Knot Crews, an African American boy growing up in the segregated south Georgia town of Statenville, discovers a bag of bank-robbed cash in an alley, he is nearly overcome with happiness and terror. All that money-a hundred thousand dollars-could ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by BelleBooks
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Dianne Jones
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
This coming of age story deals with race relations in the 60’s, poverty, tragedy, and a sack of stolen money which should have transformed lives. A little boy named Knot finds the sack of stolen money dropped by the bank robber. He secretly gives the money away to those who have great needs, but quickly realizes that the money doesn’t change the lives of the recipients in the way that he had hoped.

This little boy starts out as an unwanted, neglected, child without a mother, family, or real name
Jennifer Rayment
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teachers
Shelves: ebook
A beautiful written moral tale set in the south during the turbulent 60's. A young black boy, Knot, discovers a bag full of stolen cash from a botched bank robbery. Since he cannot use the money himself due to moral and practical reasons, he decides to share small amounts with his needy neighbors, both black and white. Most of the neighbors don't use it wisely and Knot learns that the money doesn't help them change their lives for the better.

Janice is a wonderful storyteller who writes of charac
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Indeed, good deeds often go unnoticed, unknown. I believe that is the premise of the title of this book. It talks about a 12-year old boy who acted so unselfishly even with so much money on his hands. The circumstances of his life - no known father, longing for acceptance in the only family he's known, and wanting of some of life's simple joys - would most likely make him turn to the money to buy happiness. But at a very young age, he knew what real happiness means; he knew that it cannot be bou ...more
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The little known

A young poor boy sees a thief take his mask off and drops a bag before running off. Sirens are loud down the road. Knot rides his bike to th spot and grabs the bag. He doesn't look in it til he is away from the drop off. There are banded one hundred dollar bills. Thousands of dollars. Now what to do with it....
Apr 04, 2010 rated it liked it
The Little Known is the story of a nine-year-old African American boy named Knot in 1960's segregated Georgia. While out riding his cousin's bicycle, he comes across a bag of money, dropped by a bank robber who was fleeing from the police. Knot could have easily spent some of the money on that bicycle he's been wanting, but he knows he'd have to explain himself. Instead, he decides to give the money away, hoping to make life better for those around him. Only, it does not quite work out that way. ...more
Dina (ReviewTime)
A Kind-Hearted Boy. A Segregated Town. A Stolen Fortune.
Set during the turbulent era of the 1960’s, in the small segregated town of Statenville Georgia, "The Little Known' is a unique coming-of-age story full of hope and forgiveness. The story revolves around the central character Knot Crews, a young African American boy besought with the hardships of living in a small segregated town. Despite his hardship young Knot shows kindness and generosity well beyond his years after finding a bag of stol
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Knot Crews is a thirteen year old African American boy growing up in Statensville Georgia. who was told most of his young life that he was fished out of a dumpster and taken to raise by Marge, she struggles with alcoholism, and alot of days there isn't enough food to eat. They live in what I would call a shanty town, and everybody seems to be poor. The one bright spot is the summers spent with his "Aunt Willie"Marge's sister whom he hopes that some day they will move in with. During the last day ...more
A young black boy in a segregated southern town in the 1960s finds a fortune in stolen money. But what can he do with it? A hundred dollar note isn’t exactly legal tender for a boy of the wrong color, and a few pence would be much more useful. Still, Knot Crews is resourceful and kind; he comes up with lots of interesting schemes, none of which work out how he’s planned, but all of which sound achingly plausible and real. During the course of a year, Knot learns about himself and his family and ...more
Bridget R. Wilson
What would you do if you found a bag of money from a bank robbery? Knot, a young black boy growing up in the segregated South, decides to keep it. His ultimate goal is to reform Marge so they can go live with her sister. The only problem with stolen money is it's hard to spend. Knot begins sending hundred dollar bills anonymously to people in his community. He is upset when they don't spend the money as he thinks they should. This is a coming of age story. Through his use of the stolen money, Kn ...more
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Set in the early 1960's, a twelve year old black boy named Knot, finds a bag of money in an alley. Knowing the money was dropped by a bank robber, Knot makes the choice to keep the money instead of turning it into the bank. Knowing he can't spend any of the money himself without raising suspicion, he mails $100 bills to his neighbors that he feels are in need. Unfortunatley, his neighbors, on recieving the money, fail to spend it in the way Knot had intended. Money sent to one family to buy a wh ...more
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The main character, Knot, is certainly intriguing and likable. A seventh-grader, he finds a bag of money dropped by a bank robber and proceeds to give it out anonymously to neighbors, his pastor and for church needs, and anyone he sees who he thinks has a need. He wants a bike himself, but another kid in his neighborhood gets one instead and doesn't want to let Knot ride. So, he hopes for a hand-me-down. He hopes to be claimed and loved by his family. He hopes to be a part of making a difference ...more
Shari Larsen
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another Kindle freebie that turned out to be a treasure! This was a great story.

This is a coming of age story, about a 12 year old African American boy named Knot, who is growing up in the segregated south, in a small Georgia town in the 60's. He discovers a bag of cash stolen in a bank robbery in an alley, and is overcome with happiness and terror. All that money, thousands of dollars, could buy him anything he wanted, but he is too scared to spend the money on himself, and even if he wasn't, h
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
While I like the premise of the book, it has slight echoes of Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis—which I just recently read. Here are the positives: The author uses some great metaphors and some vibrant details (“cerise flowers” especially sticks out since I had to look up “cerise”). The idea of a young boy as a protagonist is interesting, especially one who is as selfless as Knot is.[return][return]My issues with this book are its predictability—we all could see that people would squan ...more
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Free + fiction = I will read it. Hmm. I liked the plot. It kept me engaged. With every turn of the page, I wanted to know how it would all turn out. I didn't like the lack of detail. To describe someone as just black - doesn't exactly set the scene, ya know? Many of the characters I was just unable to picture - I didn't know their ages, sizes, nothing concrete to visually picture them. And the year that this was set in was hidden only in the fact that the events were happening the year just afte ...more
Cindy Griffin
The Little Known, by Janice Daugharty, takes place in South Georgia not too many miles from my hometown. I was excited to begin this book because it is a book about a small South Georgia town that was written by a Georgia author. Knot, a twelve-year-old boy discovers a bag of cash from a robbery. Knot wants to make a difference with the money and sets out with a plan. Through his experiences, Knot learns a great deal about the good and bad of human nature. Even though I liked the premise of the ...more
Mar 28, 2011 rated it liked it
You know, I liked it.

It was a solid read. This was a book club selection, and the setting is during the Civil Rights era, and the protagonist is a young African-American boy - so, sort of a winning recipe, right?

It fell flat for me. I don't know how else to say it. I described it earlier as almost...formulaic.

The characters were stereotypical, people who made bad choices but with a heart of gold underneath. I cared about Knot, the main character - and I rooted for him, but I could almost predict
Mar 31, 2011 rated it liked it
This is the second book I have read in a month that has to do with the perspective of the African American experience during the 1960's Civil Rights movement. This book was well done and an enjoyable read. At first the premise of a young black child finding the stash of a bank robbery and being able to take it home, hide it successfully and use it for over a year to try to help the lives of those around him seems a little shaky to carry the weight of the book's message. At some point during the ...more
Mar 07, 2011 rated it liked it
I recieved this book from LibraryThing Early Reviewers in Ebook format. I read it on my blackberry, and truth be told, it made a wonderful diversion in some of my more boring classes! The beginning was a little bit confusing because it felt as if the reader was being introduced right in the middle of something, and it took me a few chapters to really get into the story and find out what was going on. After that though, it became very hard to put down. One easily comes to care for little knot, se ...more
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Really liked this book. Young black boy, called Knot, in the 1960 finds a bag of money a bank robber dropped. It is full of 100 dollar bills. He can't spend it because he is poor and where would he get a $100 bill? So he starts giving it away one $100 bill at a time by sending it to people in the mail. He picks people who really need the money but they don't use it for what he thinks they should. They use it to get drunk, or to buy TVs instead of getting out of the getto or leaving their abusive ...more
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2011
This book had its pluses and minuses. On one hand, it was interesting to get a glimpse of a poor, southern, African American community in the midst of the civil rights movement. On the other hand, so many characters remain static that there is little learned from the book. Moreover, the author's writing style is extremely uneven. At times, it's written in the vernacular of the setting, probably for effect, but at other times, is written in high language. The constant back-and-forth writing style ...more
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was something I did not think that I would like but it was set in the late 50's and early 60's so the language is such. The Little Known is about a young black boy everybody calls Knot, nobody knows his real name or at least it is never mentioned not even by the woman who pretended to find him in the garbage.

He wants nothing more than to be loved and to help those around him. He is a sum much greater than the parts that make him. Nothing around him is what it is supposed to be.

This i
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was one of the first free books I loaded onto my "new" kindle (a year ago) and chose it randomly for an extended weekend, finishing it late Sunday evening.

...I was easily pulled into this young boys tumultuous life.. adult-parents leading separate and sketchy lives due to alcohol, drugs and poverty, destructive relationships and racial trauma.... deeply affecting the children "just surviving" around them.

I want to know the rest of this young man's story... his future, his successes (which
Michele Minor
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
This is a coming of age story where a twelve year old African American boy finds a sackful of cash from a bank robbery in the South of the sixties. He decides that he is going to use the money to make the people's lives better in his area both black and white. He learns a hard lesson when the people that he gives the money to squanders it instead of using it to improve their lives. He wants to live with his Aunt Willie whom he thinks is rich at the end of the book because she lives in a big hous ...more
Oct 30, 2010 rated it liked it
A young poor black boy looking for a family finds a bag of cash that a bank robber has dropped. Because it is stolen money he is still a poor boy, but he carefully gives away money 100 dollars at a time to people or families where he sees a need. Although he thinks he can help with the money people don't always use it how he thinks they should. Along the way his mother stops drinking (most of the time) and starts taking care of him and loving him.

Although I wouldn't say it's great this is a good
Kim Almeida
Oct 09, 2011 rated it liked it
I agree with quite a few of the other reviewers: It seems like this author tried to introduce and then resolve various plot conflicts at the same time... poverty, alcoholism, theft, racism, good struggling against evil... and it seemed that she tried to solve them all, but they really only resolved superficially. I do believe that all readers will root for the main character, Knot, and for that reason I would like to read another book by Daugharty. Overall, I must admit that it was not a "can't- ...more
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fascinating plot. Young black boy in the early 60's comes into possession of a bag of hundreds of 100-dollar bills. He keeps the bag, but can't tell anyone he has it, so can't spend it on himself. He's dismayed that the people he secretly surprises with gifts of money don't spend it on needs, so it doesn't appear to be helping anyone. Very well-written and engaging. My mind is still on it, despite finishing it hours ago.
Stephanie Lindsay Hagen
Does using found, stolen money to do good negate the wrongness of the money being stolen? Morally, no. But in twelve year old Knot Crew's mind, it does. He hopes that each of the recipients of his anonymous gifts will use the money to improve their impoverished situations. Some do, some don't.

Janice Daugharty writes a touching story that will stay with you and make you want to right all the wrongs in the world. And cook a really big dinner.
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
The only reason I gave this story two stars was that the main idea of the story was interesting. The idea of a boy finding money and secretly giving it to needy people in an effort to change the recipients' lives is indeed intriquing. However, the book soon lost its appeal for me. There was just too much misery, child abuse, irresponsible and illiterate adult behavior. At the end, I just wanted it to be over.
Nicole G.
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, kindle-freebies
I got this for free on the Kindle store a while back. It was . . . okay. Even though it wasn't very long, only ten chapters, it felt exceedingly plodding. It took effort to finish it, really finish it, without skimming.

What really got me, however, was the shift in writing style. The story is told in 3rd person, but the narrative shifts between vernacular writing and then passages about "mullioned windows" and the like.
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: june, 2010
This is an endearing story of a young boy, living on the wrong side of the tracks, who happens upon the abandoned loot of a recent bank robbery. Aware of the need all around him, he begins doling out the money in hundred dollar increments to his family and neighbors, in the hopes of making their lives easier, only to learn the hard way that money does not always buy happiness.
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