Beyond the Bright Sea (Hardcover)

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Young Adult for grades 5 and up

A twelve-year-old orphan named Crow has been adopted by Osh, and is being raised on a tiny island in Massachusetts. Crow has everything she needs except for acceptance from the people on the neighboring islands and answers to the questions of how she came to be orphaned and who put her in the basket that washed up on Osh's island. A beautiful novel that touches on themes of bigotry, bravery and the need to belong.

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From the bestselling author of Newbery Honor-winner Wolf Hollow, the moving story of an orphan, determined to know her own history, who discovers the true meaning of family.

A School Library Journal Best Book of 2017

"The sight of a campfire on a distant island...proves the catalyst for a series of discoveries and events--some poignant, some frightening--that Ms. Wolk unfolds with uncommon grace." -The Wall Street Journal
★ "Crow is a determined and dynamic heroine." --Publishers Weekly
★ "Beautiful, evocative." --Kirkus

Twelve-year-old Crow 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.

Vivid and heart-wrenching, Lauren Wolk's Beyond the Bright Sea is a gorgeously crafted and tensely paced tale that explores questions of identity, belonging, and the true meaning of family.

About the Author

Lauren Wolk is an award-winning poet and author of the bestselling Newbery Honor-winning Wolf Hollow, described by the New York Times Book Review as "full of grace and stark, brutal beauty." She was born in Baltimore and has since lived in California, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Canada, and Ohio. She now lives with her family on Cape Cod.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101994856
ISBN-10: 1101994851
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English