Crow

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Crow
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Age Range
8+
Release Date
January 10, 2012
ISBN
9780375869280
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The summer of 1898 is filled with ups and downs for 11-year-old Moses. He's growing apart from his best friend, his superstitious Boo-Nanny butts heads constantly with his pragmatic, educated father, and his mother is reeling from the discovery of a family secret. Yet there are good times, too. He's teaching his grandmother how to read. For the first time she's sharing stories about her life as a slave. And his father and his friends are finally getting the respect and positions of power they've earned in the Wilmington, North Carolina, community. But not everyone is happy with the political changes at play and some will do anything, including a violent plot against the government, to maintain the status quo.One generation away from slavery, a thriving African American community—enfranchised and emancipated—suddenly and violently loses its freedom in turn of the century North Carolina when a group of local politicians stages the only successful coup d'etat in US history.

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A story definitely worth "Crowing" about.
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3.0
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3.0
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Eleven year old Moses Thomas lives a decent life in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1898 with his father Jack, a city alderman, his mother Sadie; a maid for a prominent white family and his grandmother, Boo Nanny. He's looking forward to a summer spent fishing, crabbing and sharing secrets with his best friend, Tommy and even though he's felt the sting of racism in the past, what's about to take place in his town is the stuff of nightmares.

Crow tells the story of the events leading up to the often ignored Wilmington Massacre in 1898 that left a community devastated and set our country back decades.

The Thomas' are a hard working African American family who are still basking in the promises of the Emancipation Proclamation when the Wilmington Massacre takes place. Jack Thomas is a great example for his son, always encouraging him that standing up for what is right and fair is more important than giving up because things are difficult or scary. He leads by example and maintains his composure even in the face of outright hate.

Moses is a good kid and his friendship with Tommy is bittersweet especially once the riots begin. He has to learn difficult lessons of forgiveness, grace and how to be content despite his circumstances but his family is there to help him through it.

Our Country's history seems full of ugly secrets that have been swept under the proverbial rug and this is one of them, but it's well worth the read.
Good Points
This book covers topics like the Emancipation Proclamation, and how the Jim Crow laws began. The author also includes helpful information in the back regarding her research and how she chose to blend both real and fictional characters in the story.
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