Crow by Barbara Wright

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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.

About Barbara Wright

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BARBARA WRIGHT grew up in North Carolina, and has lived all over the world, from France, to Korea, to El Salvador.  She has worked as a fact-checker for Esquire and as a screenwriter. This is her first novel for children.

Author Residence: Denver, CO.

Author Hometown: High Point, NC
Published January 10, 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 306 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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On his last day of fifth grade, a buzzard portentously casts a shadow over Moses Thomas, prompting his grandma, Boo Nanny, to warn: “[Y]ou happiness done dead.” Moses lives with Boo Nanny, a former slave who takes in white people’s laundry, his Mama, a housemaid for wealthy whites, and his Daddy,...

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Though the story initially meanders, the pace builds as Wright establishes the Wilmington, N.C., setting, with its large black middle class, and Moses’s family life, which is primarily influenced by his slave-born grandmother, “Boo Nanny,” and his Howard University–educated father, an ald...

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A local election tirggers a violent race riot, and Moses must reconcile the world his father has told him exists with the world he sees around him.

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Portland Book Review

@Lael_Lenehan @melmoes could you make a You Tube Video that way we could post it afterwords?

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

They make the paradoxical claim that black men are a threat to white women, forgetting that so many more white men have taken advantage of black women, including Moses’ grandmother.

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