Because of that Crow – Beverley Brenna

 Because of that Crow – Beverley Brenna; Red Deer Press; (9780889956155), 2020

Format: paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: realistic fiction

What did you like about the book? Harris Olson is ten years old. Three years ago he was in a fatal car accident with his parents and he was the only survivor. He is living with extreme guilt and sorrow. His grandfather cares for him, his older sister, and his younger sister. Harris struggles in school and has put off a science poster project that he doesn’t want to do. One day a crow comes tapping at his window. The crow is intelligent, follows him wherever he goes, and is the perfect inspiration for his science project. Most importantly, however, the crow awakens memories in others that help spark healing. Can the crow help Harris heal, too?

For such a deceptively short, easy read, this is incredibly deep. Harris is dealing with deep emotions and fears that he stuffs down deep. Spending time with the crow and his negative memories eventually helps other emotions and memories surface. This book has the power to help readers with their own understanding of grief, as well.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Students who enjoy emotional stories.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The book moves very slowly and there is little action; it will be a difficult sell for most students.

Who should buy this book? Most elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Realistic fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date reviewed: November 12, 2020

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