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The Crow-Girl: The Children of Crow Cove

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Orphaned girl seeks new family on Danish coast.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

thought provoking

I was really surprised my tween daughter was riveted to this book. It is so painfully sad especially in the beginning. Written during some unspecific time when people had to be very resourceful as there was no public "safety net". She meets unscrupulous people along the way as long as good people. It seems very real.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This lovely, bleakly poignant translation from Danish was a Batchelder Honor book for 2004. It's an atmospheric piece, timeless, quiet, and somewhat melancholy, but warmhearted and hopeful. Though the heroine has a very rough time, but the story is told with the matter-of-factness of a fairy tale and so avoids being a tearjerker. Like a fairy tale too it has just the slightest hint of magic and mystery.

It won't be to every child's taste: With its lack of action it will seem slow to some. But those who are intrigued by the details of life in a place and time far removed from our own will find much to enjoy. And those empathetic young souls, whose hearts will go out to Crow Girl and yearn for her to find her place, will love the deeply satisfying ending.

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