Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Book #66 Read in 2012
Crow (YA) by Barbara Wright
This was a great young adult historical fiction read. Moses is a young African-American boy. He has been taught by his value that education is valuable. He is taught legends and superstitions by Boo Nanny, his grandmother, who was a former slave. Along with these influences, it is a time of strained race relations, white supremacy and lynchings. Moses is forced to grow up quickly in this environment.
This book is disturbing to read, as it is a harsh reminder of a horrible time in our past. Wright vividly describes the tension and violence of this time period. She has created wonderful characters in Moses, Boo Nanny, Jack and Sadie. Readers will feel a connection with them immediately. Wright has a wonderful writing style that will draw readers into the book. This was a quick read. I enjoyed it.