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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 hes ever wanted, but he knows he cant spend it, not only because his conscience wont 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 dont use the money as he had intended, and that the money doesnt change their lives for the better. It turns out that the weight of Knots world cant be lifted by cold hard cash alone. Set during the turbulent 1960s, The Little Known is a coming-of-age story full of hope and forgiveness.

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