Beyond the Bright Sea

Lauren Wolk

Beyond the Bright Sea
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Beyond the Bright Sea

Lauren Wolk

Crow has lived her whole life on a tiny, starkly beautiful island. Her only companions are Osh, the man who rescued her from a washed-up skiff as a baby and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their neighbour across the sandbar. But it is only when a mysterious fire appears across the water that an unspoken question of her own history forms in Crow’s heart, and an unstoppable chain of events is triggered. Crow sets out to find her lost identity - and, ultimately, to learn what it means to be a family.

Vivid and heartfelt, Beyond the Bright Sea is a gorgeously crafted, gripping tale of buried treasure and belonging.

Review

Enthusiasts of Lauren Wolk’s Newbery prize-winning Wolf Hollow will relish her latest offering, Beyond the Bright Sea, a work of comparable sensitivity, with an uplifting sense of humanity. In trademark style, she confronts her characters with dilemmas that develop and mould their sense of morality.

Crow is one such remarkable character, at the crossroads of growth and change. No one can tell her who her parents are, or where she comes from. As a newborn, barely hours old, Crow was found in a boat washed up on an island off the Massachusetts coast. The only clues to her origin are a wet, ink-stained note and a precious jewel. Crow was found and taken in by Osh, a kind-hearted but broken man, cast adrift for reasons of his own making. Osh embraces his role as Crow’s guardian and he welcomes the assistance of neighbour Miss Maggie: a strong, resourceful affectionate woman who brings constancy and wellbeing to their lives. Together, Osh and Miss Maggie shield Crow from the fear and prejudice of the local community.

Crow’s curiosity and need for belonging propel her on an emotionally charged quest to discover the truth of her place of origin, lost identity and ultimately, her sense of family.


Natalie Platten is the Assistant Manager and Children’s Book Buyer at Readings Doncaster.

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