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Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Celeste Ng, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder.

NHS Staff Recommendation
“Beautiful writing – a really moving and interesting story. Some lovely detail about wildlife and the power to cope in very difficult circumstances.” – Sister in Urgent Care


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03 October 2023

Somebody lent this to me and I had heard of the title but personally I failed to see what the fuss was about. It promised more than it delivered. Kya’s formative years on her own were highly improbable. No six or seven year old girl would survive on their own as she did and I don’t believe her mother would have left her either. Her parents were portrayed as ‘marsh trash’ but came from wealthy educated backgrounds. Whether or not the father was an alcoholic, he wouldn’t have been so negative and uncouth. And then we are led throughout the book to wonder who killed Chase. What a let down. That and cod ‘Amanda Hamilton’ poems made it a book I ended up skimming through and didn’t rate at all.


05 October 2023

I loved this book. It would be excellent to recommend to students looking for something to read aged 15+.

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