Because of that Crow — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day:

“When I’m writing, I like to seal everything off and face the wall, not to look outside the window. The only way out is through the sentences.”
~ E. L. Doctorow ~

Gifts for My Writer Friends:

I have a couple characters in my novel who have heavy accents, but how should one handle that so it doesn’t overwhelm the reader? Louise Harnby has a terrific post HERE that will help with that issue.

I am a big proponent of the Oxford comma. It’s always nice to have confirmation of that position as the article HERE from Derek Haines at Just Publishing Advice.

I have been told that my book is “episodic.” What does that really mean and how can I fix it? I did some searching and found a good article HERE that might really help me.

This meme says it all for me. We all hoped 2021 would be a fresh start, but, boy howdy, we are still getting more of that awfulness of 2020. The next couple weeks will continue to be very interesting, but hopefully after that things will calm down and we can get back to some semblance of normalcy as we continue to focus on getting this pandemic under control and getting people vaccinated. I had one shot and am scheduled for my second shot on February 18. I sure hope everyone can get theirs in the next few months. I know our new president is doing everything he can to get them out. Thanks, Joe! On another note, if someone had told me last year that the Super Bowl would be introduced with a live reading of a poem, I would have been gobsmacked. It just happened and, guess what? I am gobsmacked, but in a very good way. What a beautiful thing. Now I hope we have a good game.

The title of a book is always so important. I was intrigued when looking at the list of available books for the Manhattan Book Review by the title Because of that Crow by Beverley Brenna. What could that possibly mean? I had to find out. I’m glad I requested it. It’s a terrific book. Here is the review I wrote for them.

Harris is ten years old and struggling with guilt over being the sole survivor of a terrible car accident that killed both his parents. He and his older sister, Tessa, and his younger sister, Pinky. live with his grandfather. Grampa seems angry a lot of the time, and sometimes Harris’s behavior doesn’t help, like when he doesn’t do his school work. He has a science project to do. It’s really important to his teacher that all the children in the class do well as these projects are for the science fair. Harris has a poster that is overdue, and he is having a tough time coming up with an idea when a crow shows up. He is intelligent and starts to follow Harris around, distracting him from what he should be doing. That crow changes things for Harris, inspiring his science project and helping him understand his own problems and those of other family members.

Beverly Brenna

Author Beverley Brenna has written a rich, complex story that will help youngsters discover important things about themselves and those around them. The writing is beautiful, the story compelling, and the characters fully developed and engaging. It’s short, sweet, and a real winner.

I have a gently-read paperback for one of you. All you need do is be a follower or subscriber (it’s free!), have a U.S. address, and leave a comment below. If you would like extra chances, please share the link to this post on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media outlet and let me know you have done that. And don’t forget to check for other Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts at the Greg Pattridge’s blog HERE.

26 thoughts on “Because of that Crow — Review & Giveaway”

  1. Glad you are getting your COVID shot. I’m not 65 until July so I have to wait for mine. Hopefully by this spring things will speed up. This sounds like a very sweet book. I’ll let someone else win because I’m kind of buried in books.

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  2. I am working with an 8th grader who is having a hard time getting schoolwork done this year, and is behind on all his projects. This book sounds intriguing, and perhaps holds some hope for my young reader.

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  3. I’m so happy you were able to get your vaccine. I’m probably looking at summer time for mine. This book sounds excellent from your review. I would enjoy reading it and then sharing it with my teacher friend for her classroom. I shared on Facebook, Twitter, and tumblr. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. All of the sources you shared were so helpful. And Because of that Crow sounds like a great read, but I’ll skip the contest, since there isn’t any room in our luggage for another book. This was a great review, though. Meanwhile, Amanda Gorman’s poetry just grabs me and shakes me. I, too, think it’s lovely that the Super Bowl was introduced with a poem. I’d love to see poetry come back into a prominent cultural influence as it once was.

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  5. Happy to see you reviewing Beverly Brenna’s new book! Haven’t bought my copy yet, but it sounds like an excellent story. I loved her Wild Orchid trilogy about a girl on the autism spectrum. Also know her cousin, who I included in the tweet of your post today.

    I watched the beginning of the Super Bowl just to hear Amanda Gorman’s poetry. She has a bright future and will inspire many young people to write poetry.

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  6. Great links once again. Go Oxford Commas!
    Super Bowl was fun to watch and other than not viewing it with a crowd of friends and family, it felt like normal was making inroads.
    Your featured book sounds like a plot many young readers will relate to in different ways. The crow is a unique connection to help bring the story’s eventual resolution. Thanks for the heads up on Beverly’s new book.

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  7. I can see why you picked this one. What an intriguing title. I can’t imagine a child going through something like that, but this sounds like a very hopeful book.
    And thanks for an inspiring writing quote as usual!

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  8. I love the links you’ve shared—I am definitely in favor of the Oxford comma as well! The quote is excellent as well, and the meme is…well, unfortunately accurate! Because of that Crow sounds intriguing—it reminds me a bit of Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur, which I found incredibly compelling considering its somewhat clichéd MG topics. I’ll pass on the giveaway, but thanks for the great post!

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