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“I’m just looking at you. Exactly as you are right now. And not because you’ll change, though you will of course. Treasure or not. But because if I could have built a human being, I would have built you. Just so” -Osh”
~ Lauren Wolk, Beyond the Bright Sea
“My name is Crow.
When I was a baby, someone tucked me into an old boat and pushed me out to sea.
I washed up on a tiny island, like a seed riding the tide.
It was Osh who found me and took me in. Who taught me how to put down roots, and thrive on both the sun and rain, and understand what it is to bloom.”
This wonderful historical fiction novel takes place in the early 1920’s.
The story is about Twelve-year-old Crow who has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts.
Abandoned and set adrift in a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow’s only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar.
Crow has always been curious about the world around her, but it isn’t until the night a mysterious fire appears across the water that the unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart.
Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger.
A question of staying loyal to those she loves, or digging deeper to find her family history, while dealing with crooks all around on the mainland.
My Thoughts About This Book….
The suspense and intrigue inside this book is almost unbearable! Once you start reading it, you won’t be able to stop until you have read all 304 pages.
The story line in Beyond the Bright Sea is really good. It is very different than Wolf Hollow in many regards, but both are equally delightful.
I would recommend this book for children who are at least 12 years old, as there is a lot going on throughout the entire story, and some heavy matters that might distress younger children because they wouldn’t fully understand the situation.
There is nothing inappropriate in it, it may just go over smaller children’s heads.
This book will pull our hearts strings and keep you on the edge of your seat as young Crow sets out to solve a mystery no matter what consequences it may bring.
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