Beyond the Bright Sea (Hardcover)

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Set in 1925 on Cuttyhunk and Penikese Islands, Beyond the Bright Sea is packed with adventures and found families. 

— From Summer Picks 2017

Crow lives happily with Osh on Cuttyhunk. She knows he found her in a small boat on the day she was born, but she doesn't think much about her parents and why they put her in that boat. As Crow grows up, however, so does her curiosity. Fortunately her parents left a few clues, if she looks hard enough. Beyond the Bright Sea starts slowly, gentle waves cascading on the rocky shore. It builds to a dramatic storm of high emotion — fear, bravery, love — before subsiding back to the calm. It reads like a perfect Cape Cod storm, with three fascinating characters holding steady throughout. Perfect for middle grade readers, but will also delight teens and adults who love history, Cape Cod, and family.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017

— From Holiday Picks 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