A Murder of Crows

A Murder of Crows

by Odessa Sawyer, Beth Bracken, Kay Fraser

Both Lucy and Calandra are ill, and Soli is the only one who may be able to save them.


Both Lucy and Calandra are ill, and Soli is the only one who may be able to save them.

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Children's Literature - Magi Evans
Both Lucy and Queen Calandra are ill with fever, and Caro and Kheelan are taking them to the Ladybirds in hopes of a cure. When they arrive, they are taken to separate tents; Lucy is given a drink that clears her blindness, but it is only temporary. Meanwhile, Soli has escaped from the castle where she was being held, and is told by the guard Jonn that the crow who was in her cell can communicate what he knows to all the other crows. Indeed, as they make their way to the Ladybirds, they are nearly overcome by the crows, but manage to make it into the camp, where the evil crows cannot enter. Motherbird tells Soli that both Lucy and Calandra are dying because of a spell cast long ago, over which the Ladybirds have no control. Soli is summoned to Calandra’s tent, and Caro enters Lucy’s tent, sending Kheelan to take water to Calandra. Caro then kidnaps Lucy, leaving a crow’s feather in the tent, and leaving readers to anticipate the next book. Both Soli and Lucy narrate the story, told in alternating chapters. The short chapters and beautiful illustrations will appeal to young lovers of fantasy who may not be willing to commit to longer books. Note that readers must have read the other books in the series in order for this book to make sense. Reviewer: Magi Evans; Ages 10 to 14.

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Capstone Press
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5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.40(d)
420L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Odessa Sawyer is an illustrator from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She works mainly in digital mixed media, utilizing digital painting, photography, and traditional pen and ink. Odessa's work has graced book covers from many top publishing houses, and she has also done work for various film and television projects, posters, and album covers. Highly influenced by fantasy, fairy tales, fashion, and classic horror, Odessa's work celebrates a whimsical, dreamy and vibrant quality.

Beth Bracken's books have been translated into multiple languages, and her picture books have won the 2011 Creative Child Award; the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize; and the 2013 Mom's Choice Gold Award. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, Steve, and their children. When she's not reading, writing, or editing books, Beth spends most of her time knitting endlessly while watching reruns of old TV shows and drinking lots of tea.

Kay Fraser is from Buenos Aires. She left home at eighteen and moved to North Dakota—basically the exact opposite of Argentina. These days, she lives in Minneapolis, designs books, writes, makes tea for her husband, and drives her daughters to their dance lessons.

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