A new middle grade novel from the author of the Michael L Printz Honor Book, The White BicycleHarris Olson is a boy dealing with a load of guilt. Three years ago he was in a tragic car accident with h
A new middle grade novel from the author of the Michael L Printz Honor Book, The White Bicycle
Harris Olson is a boy dealing with a load of guilt. Three years ago he was in a tragic car accident with his parents. He can't shake off the feeling of being responsible, though of course he was not. The memory returns from time to time —— until a crow comes tapping at his window one morning. A crow whom he lets into the house without intending to, a crow who somehow manages to cheer up not only Harris, but a lot of other people he cares about.
In this moving story, Beverley Brenna expertly demonstrates that sadness isn't something that needs to stay with you, that positive experiences can repair the tough things that occur in life. When Harris opens his window for the crow, he also opens himself up to a gradual healing and in the process learns how others also can overcome the dark feelings that often drag them down.
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is the author of a number of Red Deer books, including The White Bicycle, Fox Magic, and The Girl and the Cat. She lives with her husband Dwayne in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
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"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."
— Manhattan Book Review
"There are lots of thought-provoking issues addressed in Because of That Crow: grief, bird biology, family relationships, guilt, death, science projects, research, dementia, animal care, responsibility, memory, empathy, and the afterlife. At the end of the book in the "Interview with Bev Brenna", the writer addresses the fundamental message of this novel, "I think kids need to know that sadness is part of the human experience. Through the complicated lives of characters we read about, we can all learn vicariously about resilience and hope."
— CM Magazine 5 Stars out of 5
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Finalist for the 2021 Saskatchewan Book Awards in the Young Adult category