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One Crow Alone Hardcover – Unabridged, 14 Feb 2013

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (14 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230760325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230760325
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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This is an exciting, involving and emotional coming of age story. (The School Librarian)

I loved this book! It was interesting, different to my usual reads and had a refreshing storyline. I thought the events were depicted really well and it had a great shock ending! After reading this, I immediately went out to buy After the Snow. I'd thoroughly recommend this book to teenagers. (Teen Titles)

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"They say it's going to get worse. That it's not going to end." The snow won't stop falling in this dangerous-new-world prequel to AFTER THE SNOW.

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Format: Paperback
I was sent this from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

When I was sent this book I thought it looked really interesting. It wasn't something that I would normally read but I was looking forward to it.

'One Crow Alone' is about a girl called Magda a Polish girl who discovers that her village has been abandoned, with the country in a state of emergency because of the weather and no family left, she decides to make the journey to London to find her mother who is working there. Along the way she meets a boy who tags along for the journey.

When I began reading the book I realised that this is the prequel of 'After the Snow'. I had not read this so read 'One Crow Alone' in isolation. Sometimes I think that it is better to read a prequel first as you have no preconceived ideas about the characters.

'One Crow Alone' I felt was a little out of my comfort zone, I don't normally read dystopian novels or stories set in different worlds. I feel that this book crossed over into this genre, I struggled with this concept personally as I kept trying to make sense of things. At points I felt the story had been set in the past but then there were comments that made it seem as if it was in the future, such as electric cars..

I loved Magda as a character, I felt that she was very real, I felt like I was with her in her head and really felt for her. Her character was well developed, the only negative I would say about Magda is that at times I felt she could be naive, saying this she was sixteen and many sixteen year olds can be naive at times. Being an older reader, however it was a little frustrating as you could see things that were going to happen and you just wanted to shout at her, such as the man with the car...
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Great storytelling. Would Recommend Heartily
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I ordered this book when only halfway through Crockett's first book, "After the Snow". "One Crow Alone" is a prequel to that book. It follows the story of Magda, a teenaged Polish girl who makes a brief appearance in After the Snow. This new book is set at the beginning of the great freeze that would engulf Europe. Magda finds herself abandoned in her village in Poland and makes her way to the UK to find her emigrant mother.

I don't want to spoil the plot for any potential reader so suffice to say that Magda finds herself in a dystopian world of gangs and lawlessness where she suffers various crises and briefly finds love. The end of the novel sees the descent of the UK into the violent near-anarchy which will be so familiar to those reading After the Snow. In "After the Snow" our hero, Willo, hears a dog inside his head giving him advice. The title of "One Crow Alone" emanates from the occasional interjection of thoughts from the crow of Polish legend. If you are British, thing Magpie ("one for sorrow" etc)

The styles of the two books are similar. The prose is sharp and uncomplicated, the pace high, the plot and characters linear - there is no turning back a few pages to check understanding or for reminders unless you are a bit of an amnesiac or put the book down for a long time! This reminds us - and it is to Crockett's credit that we need reminding - that these are books written for older teenagers. Perhaps she also reminds us that most stories don't really need to be 600 pages long!

The strength of these books is that the scenarios and characters are plausible. This is a Europe unprepared for unprecedentedly cold winters, short of energy and with government, freedoms and institutions steadily breaking down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, Not For Kids 28 Nov. 2013
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Format: Hardcover
One Crow Alone was a pretty good story, although the title is slightly misleading. It has nothing to do with crows.
One area in the last 3rd of the book was slow, and at scattered points throughout the story things can get a little confusing. I do not believe this book is good for younger children as there are sections in which there is a lot of crude language. But for people maybe 12 or 13+ One Crow Alone is a pretty decent book filled with journeying and uncertainty. Exciting!! :-)
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