Mar 9, 2011

The Little Known by Janice Daugharty

A good-hearted boy.
A segregated town.
A stolen fortune.
A coming-of-age story full of hope and forgiveness.

When twelve-year-old Knot Crews, an African American boy growing up in the segregated south Georgia town of Statenville, discovers a bag of bank-robbed cash in an alley, he is nearly overcome with happiness and terror. All that money-a hundred thousand dollars-could be the ticket to everything he's ever wanted, but he knows he can't spend it, not only because his conscience won't let him, but for fear of being caught.

He decides to do what he can for his needy neighbors, both black and white, and begins mailing them hundred­ dollar bills anonymously, but it irks Knot daily to discover that most of them squander it and don't use the money as he had intended, and that the money doesn't change their lives for the better. It turns out that the weight of Knot's world can't be lifted by cold hard cash alone.

Set during the turbulent 1960's, The Little Known is a coming-of-age story full of hope and forgiveness.

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Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: BelleBooks, Inc. (February 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 098412585X
ISBN-13: 978-0984125852


The Little Known by Janice Daugharty is centered around a Georgia town in the 1960's. It basically starts out with a bank robbery gone wrong. The bank robber leaves his loot behind, and it is discovered by a young boy out riding his bike. Without realizing what is in the brown paper bag, Knot heads for home with the unknown treasure.

He is terrified that he might be in trouble, so he keeps the loot a secret from everyone. He decides to anonymously share the money with anyone he thinks could benefit from some extra cash to make their life better. He soon realizes that even those closest to him simply squander the money, instead of making positive changes.

Knot's story is one of extreme poverty and racial tension. He has the physical means to make a difference, but he finds that the burden of the money is more than he can bear. Several times he tried different ways to dispose of the money, but with no success.

A quick and easy read, The Little Known is a real treasure. It demonstrates loud and clear that money does not ultimately buy happiness.

Disclosure: I received a free ebook of The Little Known through Belle Books and I received no compensation for my thoughts.

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