Beyond The Bright Sea

Lauren Wolk

Corgi Books

May 2017

$19.99 AU

310p pb

ISBN: 978-0552574303

from Penguin Books Australia...

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.

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Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk is a beautifully written story about a girl called Crow who was sent to sea on a boat when she was a baby. She landed on an island called Cuttyhunk with only a ring and a wet letter, with cryptic words sprinkled across the page. The story starts when Crow is twelve and she is living a happy life on the island with her carer, Osh. Then one night she sees a fire on the mysterious island, Penikese, and she decides she is going to find out who she really is and where she came from.

I found this book interesting because of the mystery, the adventure and the friendship/family themes. It is fairly easy to read, and I would recommend it for readers 10+. The protagonist, Crow, is very relatable in that she is very curious and wants to be independent, and sometimes lies to Osh. It is very well written and was nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal in the UK. 

Niamh, age 12

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