The Alex Crow

The Alex Crow

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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Once again blending multiple story strands that transcend time and place, Grasshopper Jungle author Andrew Smith tells the story of 15-year-old Ariel, a refugee from the Middle East who is the sole survivor of an attack on his small village. Now living with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, Ariel's story of his summer at a boys' camp for tech detox is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber and the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century. Oh, and there's also a depressed bionic reincarnated crow.
Publisher: [New York] : Listening Library (Audio), 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781101890844
1101890843
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file) : digital
Additional Contributors: Andrews, MacLeod
Call Number: eAudio

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Aug 22, 2015

One of the more cohesive themes running through this book is "how many ways can a teenage boy describe self-gratification." The book has a compelling story line about Ariel and what he goes through in his journey from becoming a war orphan to the adopted son of a fringe scientist, but that story line is compromised by everything else you have to endure to get it. If you look at the "subject headings" associated with this book--refugees, death, adoption--you get a distorted preview of what you will actually experience. What Ariel goes through simply serves as a foil against the crazed, exploitative, self-obsessed world he finds himself in that is America.

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