Crow by Barbara Wright
I chose this book because it got so many 5 star reviews on amazon.com, plus starred reviews in all the major journals, but I found it pretty slow going until the last couple of chapters, which I admit were quite exciting. It's the story of an African American boy Moses and the prejudicial treatment he and his family receive in a North Carolina town in 1898--very important stuff to hear and the writing was fine, but I really don't see the story keeping 8-12 year olds interested enough to get to the exciting ending, as up until that point the chapters seem very episodic with no big goal that Moses is trying to achieve--which is what I need to keep me turning those pages. There were also adult themes of rape that are hinted at throughout the book. Seems more like a book adults like and think kids should read.