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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; Original edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174237395X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742373959
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,847,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With vivid, richly descriptive prose and an engaging, intimately drawn protagonist, Constable (Cicada Summer, 2011) interweaves mystery, fantasy, mythology, and realism into a compelling novel."  —Booklist


"[An] exciting mystery."  —School Library Journal 

About the Author

Kate Constable is the author of The Singer of All Songs, The Waterless Sea, and The Tenth Power, which form the acclaimed Chanters of Tremaris series. The Singer of All Songs was named a Booklist Editors' Choice and Top Ten Fantasy Title for Youth. She is also the author of Cicada Summer and The Taste of Lightning.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MrsM on November 17, 2012
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I really liked Crow Country, although I have to admit that I am a little biased as I grew up in Boort, the town in which the story is set. Kate's vivid descriptions of the town were very accurate! It was also refreshing to read a time travel novel that was set in Australia and in a period of history that is quite recent rather than transporting people off to medieval England! It was well written and I think that it dealt with some quite complex issues such as inter-racial relationships and racism in a way that was appropriate for teens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Butler on November 5, 2012
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Kate Constable has written a tightly constructed look at rural Central Victoria. I lived in Boort, the location of the story, and Ms Constable captured the essence of the town and its people. I could see the Railway Hotel, War Memorial and Footie field when the main character described them.
The way in which aboriginal history and religion was blended into a modern day tale of a young adult coming of age after moving to Boort was inspiring and heartfelt.
This book is appropriate for teenagers and anyone who can remember being in their teens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Dennis Evans on April 13, 2012
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Where crows own the land and people can understand what the crows say. Crow Country is a fascinating look into Aboriginal spirituality. Our Australian indigenous culture is complex and incredibly interesting. This is a compelling read with a theme of wrongs can being made right.
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Great little book with valuable lessons about friendships and respect for culture in an absorbing and really interesting story that kept me wondering. Time trips were well done.
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Crow Country is a juvenile mystery set in her home country of Australia and is a very quick read. That, however, doesn't mean it's not up to her usual standards. Kate has woven aboriginal mythology into a coming of age mystery that will keep younger teens (and many adults) engrossed.
Sadie is sad and at loose ends after her mother uproots her from Melbourne and settles in Boort, a remote town where she spent summers and had her first experiences with romance. Those, tangled then and still tangled many years later play a big part in the story. Sadie's mom Ellie tries to reconnect with David, an aboriginal man she had a thing for at a time when prejudice was far too strong for it to be successful. He is now a social worker and has responsibility for his nephew Walter. Then there's Lachie, son of Ellie's other old flame. He's a budding football star on the local team which is having a terrible season. Sadie's evolving relationships with both young men are interesting to watch, but of greater interest are her flashbacks to one of her female ancestors after she discovers that the crows who inhabit the area around Boort can talk to her. In fact, they need her help to solve a mystery and right a wrong that involved members of all three families several generations ago.
Young readers will get a taste of aboriginal mythology done in a way that well may have them looking for more on the subject.
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