Panther Reads

“Where the Crawdads Sing”


Jordan Owens

History teacher Susan King discussed the book “Where the Crawdads Sing.” This murder mystery follows a girl named Kya as lives in the south in the 1950s when celebrity Chase Andrews is murdered.

Jordan Owens, A&E Editor

With holiday break ending and school starting again, some teachers are able to share with their students wonderful books they read while out. Social studies teacher Susan KIng was able to talk to The Prowler about the novel “Where the Crawdads Sing.”

“I really enjoyed ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’,” King said. “I read that one really fast.”

“Where the Crawdads Sing,” by Delia Owens, has two different stories that start separate then link to become one. The first follows the life of a girl named Kya as she grows up in North Carolina in the 1950s. The second follows an investigation of a celebrity who has been murdered in the same state during that time period.

“It was just an interesting story, so well written, the character development in that one was really really good,” King said. “I was pulled in by the characters. I was pulled in by the story.”

Being a history teacher, it is not surprising that historical fiction is King’s favorite genre. King talked about how she likes “a good book that puts the culture of a time period and events in the time period” in it. Although this novel does not speak much on the events during the 1950s, it does a great job at describing the culture during that time.

“I was really entertained, and I think a lot of the joy in reading is escapism,” King said. “That was escapism for me.”

While on vacation, many prefer to read something that is easy and light, which is why “Where the Crawdads Sing” is recommended to teachers and students alike for their next read.