Thursday, October 25, 2012

[Review] Crow Girl by Kate Cann

Title: Crow Girl
Author: Kate Cann
Published: September 29th, 2005
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Books.
Source: I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb from Goodreads: There's no light... without the dark.
Lily is an outsider. Girls bully her, boys don't know she's alive. She begins to hide from her troubles at the nearby Wakeless Woods. But she is not alone. The crows are there. Watching. When she finds the crows, she finds herself -and a burning need to show everyone at school the new Lily. Will this Halloween be a night to remember?


I received this book through in exchange for an honest review.

General thoughts: This is a short story, you can read it in half an hour, and it has a beautiful message behind it. Especially these days where bullying is out in the public light and we have a name for this kind of abuse. Crow girl is a natural fit to all the anti-bullying campaigns. 

About plot & characters: In this book our protagonist, Lily, has suffered bullying from the popular girls in her school. And after a horrible year, she has to fight for her place in her world, fight against her own insecurities and learn to love herself and to see herself as someone who deserve the same respect as anyone else.

About the writing: It is a good story and it leaves a message, although it has several aspects that a grown-up could find a little hard to believe. For example, the sudden change of attitude from Lily or the thing with the crows. The writing is good, but it is just that. I didn't find any mistakes or misspelled  words, but neither did I find some unique writing style.

About the ending (contains spoilers): It's a happy ending, as expected given the message this books is trying to send. It suits the story and if you're a believer of the saying "Good things happen to good people", you'll find it very nice and heart-warming.

I would recommend it for: I think is a good book for middle school age, even if it has a couple of bad words, because it is a great message that every kid should receive at one age when it can pass through them and stay with them and it's a good way for the kids to have fun while learning a good lesson for the present and the future.


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