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The Little Known

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  388 Ratings  ·  72 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
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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
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
SYNOPSIS - 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 be the ticket to everything he’s ever wanted, but he knows he can’t spend it, not only because his conscience won’t let him, but for fear of being caught. He decides to do what he can for his needy neighbors, both black an ...more
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Janice Daugharty is artist in residence at Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College, in Tifton, Georgia. Her latest novel, "Two Shades of Morning," is now available, in ebook and print, at most online and traditional book stores, as well as libraries. This is Daugharty's tenth published novel. She wrote for ten years without publishing a single short story or novel, then finally captured the attention ...more
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