Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

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"For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens. In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a heartbreaking coming of age story and a surprising murder investigation. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens's debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2018
ISBN: 9780735219090
0735219095
Characteristics: 370 pages : illustration ; 24 cm

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Recommended by Coach... For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But... Read More »

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tcole4133
Sep 18, 2020

It lived up to the reviews!

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Lenadarnold19
Sep 16, 2020

I LOVED this book! No wonder it’s never available - everyone wants to read it!
Highly, HIGHLY recommend.

pacl_teens Sep 11, 2020

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is a beautiful coming of age and historical fiction novel. This book follows Kya Clark and her journey growing up in the marsh. At a young age, Kya was abandoned, in her house by the marsh, she had to learn how to do things by herself and meet new people. Everyone in town calls her the “Marsh Girl” because she is a little different but she won't let that stop her from doing what she loves: exploring the marsh. A couple of years later a man is found murdered on the marsh and all fingers point to Kya.

This book is a current favorite of mine! I loved everything about it. First of all, the plot was very unique and different. You would think that in a situation where a girl is abandoned by her family it would be a very sad and dark story but Owens shows us that there is beauty in everything and that is very true with Kya’s experience living alone. Although she did not have her family there for her she had other people throughout her life to help and guide her. Second, I quickly learned to love Kya. She is the type of girl that is optimistic, friendly, and smart. She just seemed like an amazing person overall and I would have loved to be friends with her. Next, I loved how the author was able to incorporate a mystery into a coming of age novel. I feel that these two genres fit perfectly in this book. You get to learn about Kya as well as try to solve the murder. Lastly, I loved the ending. It was very well-fitting. I had not expected it but was pleasantly surprised by it.

Overall, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is a heartwarming and emotional novel. If you are someone trying to get into historical fiction or mystery I definitely recommend this book! -Eunchae, Grade 10

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Sep 11, 2020

Absolutely spellbinding! My sister, who lives in Germany had recommended this book to me and even though I found the beginning a little bit slow, I became totally entranced, and read the book in one day. The ending totally astounded me. I was also move by the way the writer used flash backs to actually move the story along. Incredible talent!!

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alamogordo
Sep 01, 2020

This book held my attention, however, I found the story unrealistic and the characters not believable. A swamp girl whose family abandons her and at age 5 she virtually raises herself. She is so talented she writes, illustrates and publishes books on the insects, shells, fauna and birds of the swamp. The men are crazy about her and considering she is always running and hiding from people, she somehow figures out how to have people in to remodel her swamp house. Yeh, I don't think so.

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lindemuldercr
Aug 25, 2020

Loved this book!

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muffinpopcorn
Aug 20, 2020

This book was so so for me . Everyone was raving about it so OK will give it a read . Too much narrative going on and on about nothing so skipped a lot of the descriptive . It did get more interesting towards the end and must say the ending was the best part of the whole book . From my experience with this Author and this book doubt I will read anymore by her . Just didn't do it for me .

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Trixie_reads
Aug 19, 2020

This book held my attention, but some parts were icky and very eye-rolly. Seriously, she lived in the swamp by herself, presumably without deodorant or shampoo, yet she was apparently irresistible to men? Okay. She also is a genius, since she learned to read in about ten minutes.

This book gave the “swamp folk” the same romanticized treatment that Gone With the Wind gave the ole South. Blech.

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CAR101010
Aug 19, 2020

This book was pretty good and quite well written for the most part. I didn't care for the ending - I found it to be too predictable. The 'twists' in the plot weren't all that surprising.

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sandrav654
Aug 18, 2020

Fabulous, compelling story with many twists and turns set in a background primer on the beauty and importance of undeveloped coastal NC. Loved it!

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“Please don’t talk to me about isolation. No one has to tell me how it changes a person. I have lived it. I am isolation.

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mroufael
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"Faces change with life’s toll, but eyes remain a window to what was...”

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mroufael
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“If anyone would understand loneliness, the moon would.”

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mroufael
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“Why should the injured, the still bleeding, bear the onus of forgiveness?”

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mroufael
Aug 25, 2020

"the definition of a real man is one who cries without shame, reads poetry with his heart, feels opera in his soul, and does what's necessary to defend a woman."

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amahof7
Jan 30, 2020

Tate’s father told him many times, “The definition of a real man is one who cries with shame, reads poetry with his heart, feels opera in his soul and does what’s necessary to defend a woman.”
Mabel to Kya:”Ya need some girlfriends hon, cause they’re forever. Without a vow, a clutch of women is the most tender, most tough place on earth”

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cknightkc
Jun 24, 2019

“She knew the years of isolation had altered her behavior until she was different from others, but it wasn't her fault she'd been alone. Most of what she knew, she'd learned from the wild. Nature had nurtured, tutored, and protected her when no one else would.”

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cknightkc
Jun 24, 2019

“I wasn't aware that words could hold so much. I didn't know a sentence could be so full.”

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cknightkc
Jun 24, 2019

“Sometimes she heard night-sounds she didn’t know or jumped from lightning too close, but whenever she stumbled, it was the land who caught her. Until at last, at some unclaimed moment, the heart-pain seeped away like water into sand. Still there, but deep. Kya laid her hand upon the breathing, wet earth, and the marsh became her mother.”

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janiedobbs
Dec 30, 2019

The novel’s main narrative opens in the marshland near the fictional town of Barkley Cove, North Carolina. Seven-year-old Catherine “Kya” Clark lives in a shack in the swamp with her mother, father, and siblings. However, one day, Kya’s mother leaves the shack forever in order to escape the physical abuse inflicted by Kya’s father. Kya’s siblings soon leave on their own as well, leaving only Kya and Pa. Pa spends increasingly more time away from the shack over the years, and when Kya is about ten years old, Pa leaves forever. Kya has become thoroughly self-sufficient by this time, living on the land and occasionally trading in town for necessary supplies.

When Kya is 14 years old, a kind local boy named Tate Walker begins to visit Kya, and he teaches her how to read. He is about four years older than Kya. He also gives Kya his old textbooks from school. When Kya is 15 years old, she and Tate fall in love, but Tate insists that they do not have sex until Kya is older. Tate soon leaves for college, and although he promises to love and remember Kya, Kya feels abandoned. When Kya is 19 years old, she suddenly becomes attracted to a young local man named Chase Andrews. Chase begins visiting her often. Chase says that he loves her and is eager to have sex with her. Kya refuses at first, but after about a year, she consents to sex.

Tate eventually returns to Barkley Cove in order to perform scientific research on the marshland. He visits Kya and asks for forgiveness, but she refuses to take him back. Tate sees that Kya has performed much of her own research on the marshland, and he urges Kya to submit it to publishers. Tate also warns Kya that Chase is a dishonest womanizer. One day, Kya sees in the newspaper that Chase has become engaged to someone else. She is heartbroken. Later, she submits her research to publishers, and when she is 22 years old, a book of her research is published under her name. Kya’s brother Jodie sees the book in a store and returns to the swamp to reconnect with Kya. Jodie encourages Kya to give Tate another chance.

Chase eventually visits Kya and says that he wants to continue his relationship with her, despite the fact that he is married to someone else. When Kya refuses him, Chase tries to rape her. She hits him and escapes. Kya realizes that because Chase is such a popular member of the town, and because she is an outcast for living in the swamp, she has no recourse. One day, in October of 1969, Chase’s body is found near the swamp. He appears to have fallen—or possibly have been pushed—out of a fire watchtower. The sheriff investigates and arrests Kya. However, the evidence is inconclusive and circumstantial, and Kya is acquitted. She and Tate declare their love for each other, and they live together in the swamp. Kya continues her career as a naturalist, and Tate continues his career as a researcher. Kya dies at age 64, after which Tate finds evidence that seems to prove that Kya killed Chase. He disposes of the evidence so that no one will ever find it.

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