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Crow Girl by [Trepagnier, JB]
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Crow Girl is a fresh twist on a somewhat familiar story of feral children beingreared by animals. Almost everyone is familiar with Mowgli, the youngboy raised by wolves in Kipling's The Jungle Book. Crow Girl reminds me more of a little-known book, Incident at Hawk's Hill by Allan W. Eckert. In the latter tale, a little boy spends a summerliving in a hole with a badger who becomes like a mother to him.
But Crow Girl is different from both of these. There is the startling idea that crows could have compassion on a little girl. In 1 Kings 17:4, ravens brought food to Elijah, though, so perhaps the idea is not so startling, afterall. It seems that Crows also featured in Celtic myths as oracles, ableto provide portents of the future. So this idea of Crow Girl, it seemsto me, has rich cultural depth.
A second theme is brokenness. Welearn that the Crow Girl is the product of brokenness. There is aparticular focus on the brokenness that results from atragically-dysfunctional family. The main protagonist (other than theCrow Girl, or Einin ) is Liam Collins, also broken, who is a widower inthe twilight of his life after being forced into retirement. Heaccidentally wounds her, and develops a relationship with her in thehospital. She is like a wild thing and almost impossible to treat, buthe gradually tames her and she begins to trust him.
This is a richtale, with real depth of human emotions. There is some dry humor asEinin's caretakers try to teach her about bathing and underpants. Butthere is a sense of loss, of the strangeness of the bond between Eininand her crow friends, and finally, of redemption.
I enjoyed the bookvery much and would recommend it to an adult audience. There is somesalty language by some of the adults that would never be acceptable inpolite company. The dark themes of abandonment and child abuse combinewith the adult language to make this unsuitable as a YA read. But thereis much here of value and those willing to take a chance on alittle-known author will be well rewarded.

About the Author

JB Trepagnier was born and raised in Louisiana. She has a Bachelors of Fine arts from Louisiana State University. She started writing at the age of fourteen. JB has multiple sleep disorders, including lucid dreaming. Sometimes she has dreams when she is half awake and half asleep that she writes down and turns into novels. Her first novel, "Midnight's Sonata", came from a dream when waking up from tonsil surgery. JB still lives in Louisiana with a menagerie of rescue animals. Some of them own her and some are fosters. The feline species of the house also enjoy writing and JB frequently finds gibberish they have inserted into her novels

Product details

  • File Size: 773 KB
  • Print Length: 169 pages
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XZVHW5Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,306 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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