BOOK OF THE MONTH: A Raven Named Grip


Raven Named Grip

What happens when two well-known authors cross paths? What if you never knew that they crossed paths? Moreover, how does a bird connect them? A Raven Named Grip is a true story of Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe and their love for a particular type of bird! 

Years before Edgar Allan Poe’s raven said “Nevermore,” Charles Dickens’ pet raven, Grip, was busy terrorizing the Dickens children and eating chipped paint. So how exactly did this one mischievous bird make a lasting mark on literature?

From England to the United States and back again. This is the true and fascinating story of how a brilliant bird captured two famous authors’ hearts, inspired their writing, and formed an unexpected bond between them. This ingenious slice of history, biography, and even ornithology celebrates the fact that creative inspiration can be found everywhere. Marilyn Singer and Edwin Fotheringham have written and illustrated A Raven Named Grip. Winner of the 2015 National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry, Marilyn Singer is the author of more than 120 books for children and young adults, including realistic novels, fantasies, non-fiction, fairy tales, picture books, mysteries, and poetry collections. She likes writing many different kinds of books because it’s challenging and it keeps her from getting bored. Such a great addition to our favorite pictures books for this age range!

Theme: Birds, Biography, Travel

Suggested Ages: 6-8

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