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By Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Irresistible boy narrator faces turn-of-20th-century racism.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+



This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 12+

Issue not addressed

I just read a posted question on a school librarian's FB page that alerted me to these issues that are not addressed here on CommonSense. I was surprised by that. Granted you should never do a read-aloud in class with a book you haven't read, but a heads up is appreciated to prepare teachers. It may be an amazing and important book, but : Always read multiple reviews. Here's one:…

Is It Any Good?

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In CROW, Wright skillfully portrays a difficult and mostly unknown period of history and puts it in the hands of a very appealing narrator. Moses' innocence and intelligence let him analyze the changes around him in a straightforward, unflinching manner that will be easy for young readers to relate to. Although Moses never accepts unfairness, under the influence of both the folk wisdom of his grandma and the formal education of his father, he comes to an understanding of the world around without abandoning hope.

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