Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

I went into this historical novel expecting a quiet, introspective tale, and while it definitely was that, it also had the most danger, pirate treasure and menacing psychopaths of any quiet book I’ve read before.

As a baby, Crow was pushed out to sea in a skiff and has lived 12 years on one of the tiny Elizabeth Islands off the coast of Massachusetts with Osh, the father-figure who took her in, and Miss Maggie, their fiercely loyal neighbor.

When Crow begins digging into her history, the answers she finds just end up leading to more questions and she learns a lot about how she defines herself and who she wants to be in the future.

I was utterly charmed by these three characters and their quiet life, especially Osh with his hardworking, straightforward worldview and the heart-squeezing kernels of affection and wisdom he shares with Crow along her journey.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC WOLK)

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