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CROW Praise

CROW was named a Notable Social Studies Trade Book by the National Council for the Social Studies, 2013.  

CROW was selected for the North Carolina Middle-Grade Battle of the Books, 2013.

An intensely moving, first-person narrative of a disturbing historical footnote told from the perspective of a very likable, credible young hero. 

							                    Kirkus Starred Review

This thought-provoking novel and its memorable cast offer an unflinching and fresh take on race relations, injustice, and a fascinating, little-known chapter of history.

							                    Publisher's Weekly 										   Starred Review

Wright has taken a little-known event and brought it to vivid life, with a richly evoked setting of a town on the Cape Fear River, where a people not far from the days of slavery look forward to the promise of the twentieth century.

				                                    Horn Book Starred Review

The expert blending of vivid historical details with the voice of a courageous, relatable hero makes this book shine.

							                    School Library Journal 									         Starred Review

By turns playful, heartrending, and powerful…an extraordinary novel of depth, beauty, and soul.

							                    Historical Novel Society

Its readership should be wide and encompass all ages. An important story in our history, told clearly, and with a commendable and subtle intelligence.

							                    Basso Profundo

One true mark of an outstanding children's book is the ability to strike a chord with both young and adult readers. CROW proves to be just such a book.


The scariest aspect of the novel to me is how this pre-Jim Crow past doesn't feel as remote as (Harper) Lee's Depression-era tale. Great historical fiction…offers fresh perspectives on contemporary events, dilemmas and zeitgeists. By that standard, Crow is phenomenal historical fiction.
                                                            Sean Kottke, Goodreads