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Crow by Barbara   Wright
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Sep 11, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: kiddie-lit
Recommended for: advanced readers of 8 - 12 age

Crow is an historical novel of the events in 1898 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Four of the ten alderman of the city were black. The father of Moses, the fifth grader in the story, is one of them. This richly written book depicts the race riots of 1898 which was a pivotal event in the south. Leading to disenfranchisement of many black citizens who did not even get the right to vote until 1870.
Moses' father was an educated black man and quiet spoken leader in the city so his death in the end is sad and would deeply affect the chosen audience of 8 - 12 year olds. The story ends with hope both for Moses and for society, though, as Moses is helped by an uneducated white friend to begin earning money for his family.
This strong topic is difficult to read about but is presented with clarity and empathy for the black americans by the author. I would recommend it!

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