Beyond the Bright Sea (Hardcover)

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This is a sparkling gem of a story about identity, family, and buried treasure. Crow is a young girl growing up in the 1920s with her “adopted” father, Osh, who found her as an infant washed up on the shore of their remote Massachusetts island. As she gets older, Crow begins to have questions: Where did she come from? Does she have another family? Why did they give her away? Crow sets out on an adventure to uncover the answers she has been seeking. Wolk’s writing is beautiful and her characters, especially Crow and Osh, will become friends whose loves and dreams you’ll share—an enthralling read. -Mary

— From Summer Booknotes 2017


- Winner of the 2018 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction -

From the bestselling author of Newbery Honor-winner Wolf Hollow, Beyond the Bright Sea is an acclaimed best book of the year.

An NPR Best Book of the Year - A Parents' Magazine Best Book of the Year - A Booklist Editors' Choice selection - A BookPage Best Book of the Year - A Horn Book Fanfare Selection - A Kirkus Best Book of the Year - A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year - A Charlotte Observer Best Book of the Year - A Southern Living Best Book of the Year - A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

"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

The moving story of an orphan, determined to know her own history, who discovers the true meaning of family.

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