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Crow

By: Barbara Wright
Imprint: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780375982705
2012-01-10 - $7.99

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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Retro Resource: CROW Educator Guide
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Retro Resource: CROW Educator Guide

Retro Resources is a feature that highlights classroom and library materials you may have missed.

For our first Retro Resource feature, we’d like to highlight an educator guide for a book that quickly became a favorite in our department: Crow by Barbara Wright.  Impeccably researched and heartbreaking, Crow is the story of a young African American boy witnessing white supremacists oust the city government of Wilmington, North Carolina–the only successful coup d’etat in American History. We’re not alone in our love, either–the book received starred reviews from School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and The Horn Book when it was published in January 2012. While it’s set after the Civil War has ended and before the implementation of the Jim Crow laws in the south, we feel that it will enrich units on either time period and serve as a great way to introduce talking points on African American history and how it’s portrayed, government and government structure, prejudice, and the Civil Rights Movement.

Click here to download the educator’s guide.