Montgomery and the Case of the Golden Key


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$21.95  $20.41
Tu Books
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5.31 X 7.82 X 0.81 inches | 0.86 pounds

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About the Author

Tracy Occomy Crowder is an avid mystery lover and community organizer. She has worked to address issues of racial equity across Illinois for the past thirty years, particularly in education, economic security, and housing. In this work, she supported parents to bring recess back to Chicago Public Schools. As an author, she enjoys creating work steeped in Black history, culture, and struggles-- blending unknown historical facts with humor and everyday experiences. This is Tracy's first middle grade novel. She can be found at


"Crowder employs Monty's inquisitive and irrepressible first-person narration to rousing effect, making for a spirited novel that encourages curiosity while highlighting a protagonist alongside the neighborhood and history fueling his personal growth." -- Publishers Weekly

"Including heartfelt journal entries and vibrant illustrations from Sorra, this voice-y novel is an unforgettable adventure through a nostalgic decade, showcasing the times right before they were about to change." -- Booklist

"Tu Books' New Visions Award winner Crowder's debut depicts a vibrant community, showcasing the importance of civic responsibility and the power of grassroots organization. The narrative's first-person perspective captures Monty's infinite curiosity and endearing sense of wonder. An engaging novel drawing strength from its rich narrative voice and celebrating Black historical luminaries." -- Kirkus Reviews

Best of the Best Booklist Winner 2023 - Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Best of the Best Books 2023 - Chicago Public Library
Junior Library Guild Selection 2023
New Visions Award Winner - Lee & Low Books