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Book Review: Lila and the Crow by Gabrielle Grimard




This book was reviewed for Netgalley

Lila and the Crow is a charming tale of embracing the now, of claiming all of who you are. As Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones, GRR Martin) said: “Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.” “Let them see that their words can cut you and you’ll never be free of the mockery. If they want to give you a name take it make it your own. Then they can’t hurt you with it anymore.”

Lila is the new girl at school. She’s so happy on that first day, hoping to make friends. Her plans are thwarted when a bully picks on her about how black her hair is, black like a crow. As weeks progress, he continues to tease her, saying her skin and eyes are like a crow too. Near Halloween, Lila is confronted with a flock of crows who shed many feathers when leaving. Lila gathers them up and hurries home. Halloween day comes, and Lila arrives at school in her beautiful costume. She’s come as a crow! The bully is left speechless, while Lila shows off her costume. The nickname ‘Crow’ sticks, but she’s finally embraced as a member of the group.

The artwork for this book is just lovely. It really captures Lila and brings her to life. This book is a great tool in helping young kids through their own bullying at the hands of the insecure. Lila learns, like Tyrion said, to not let anyone see how the words hurt, to claim them as their own.

🎻🎻🎻🎻🎻 Highly recommended

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