Alek [NOOK Book]

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A little boy called Doup once came to live in Crow Cove, a little community nestled by the sea. Now he's ready to go by his birth name, Alek, and discover his own place in the world. Alek’s journey takes him to the fishing village of Last Harbor, where he lives with his bitter older brother, works at an inn—and rescues a beautiful girl from ship wreckers who have killed her family. Murder, romance, and the eternal cycle of life and death all play a role in the ...

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Overview


A little boy called Doup once came to live in Crow Cove, a little community nestled by the sea. Now he's ready to go by his birth name, Alek, and discover his own place in the world. Alek’s journey takes him to the fishing village of Last Harbor, where he lives with his bitter older brother, works at an inn—and rescues a beautiful girl from ship wreckers who have killed her family. Murder, romance, and the eternal cycle of life and death all play a role in the exciting conclusion to the acclaimed Children of Crow Cove series.   

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
A young boy named Alek decides to leave his home and village in Crow Cove and live with his older brother, a man who has been heartbroken by a girlfriend's rejection. Alek makes himself useful around his brother's fishing village by finding work and food for them both at a nearby inn. But his most startling discovery occurs when he witnesses a band of pirates lure a ship into shore to its destruction, killing all on board except for a young woman, a foreigner named Thala. Alek manages to hide her until the pirates are brought to justice, and, after some soul-searching, Alek, his brother, and Thala travel to Crow Cove to start new chapters in their lives. This book, the last in the "Children of Crow Cove" series, is a beautifully written coming of age story that belongs in the ranks of literary fiction. Its depiction of life and death on the farm and at sea, and its portrayal of men and women who deal with discouragement and responsibility at a young age, are inspiring, and, sadly, rare in children's literature written today. The translation from the Danish is well done and there are only a few minor problems. The major disconnect is the question of how Thala learns to communicate with Alek; it is not clear whether this was addressed in the original or simply glossed over in the translation. Those who have not read the earlier books in the series will be able to understand this one on its own, but, if given the choice, it would be best to read the series from start to finish. Only serious readers need apply: the "Crow Cove" books are for those who enjoy reading, who appreciate fine writing, and who are interested in the big questions of life.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Doup has grown up enough to accept the death of his horse from old age and to want to use his real name: Alek. When he and his father go to visit Alek's brother, Ravnar, he gets caught up in Ravnar's life and the doings of his small village. Hired to work at an inn, he elects to stay with his brother even after his father leaves. He pays close attention to all that is happening and discovers an evil scheme to wreck passing ships on the rocks to gain the rights to the cargo. After one brutal wreck, he rescues a girl, Thala, who speaks a different language, and brings her back to Ravnar's cottage. The two brothers and Thala want to find the murderers and bring them to justice. As always in Bredsdorff's books, there is a clear understanding of human nature, ethical dilemmas are unraveled, and the language has a lyrical crispness that makes the reading rewarding. While youngsters would do well to have read the earlier titles, there is still enough adventure and courage in this one to satisfy newcomers. This novel emphasizes that humans' connections to one another make life rewarding by showing that Alek's efforts to do right pay off. An immensely satisfying ending to the series.—Carol A. Edwards, Denver Public Library, CO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374123451
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Series: Children of Crow Cove Series , #4
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • File size: 753 KB

Meet the Author


Bodil Bredsdorff is the author of many books for children, including the Children of Crow Cove Series:  The Crow-Girl, a Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and an ALA Notable; Eidi, a Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book; and Tink. Bodil Bredsdorff lives in Hundested, Denmark.
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