Crow was cast away as a baby, set adrift in a small boat on the sea. She is found by Osh, washed up on a beach at Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts. Years later, when she is twelve, a mysterious fire on a neighboring island sets off a chain of events that starts Crow on a journey of discovery to find out who she really is. With the help of Osh and Miss Maggie, a fierce but friendly neighbor, Crow will learn about her history, her strengths, and what is means to be family.

Beyond the Bright Sea involves the real history of Penikese Island, Massachusetts, and it lends weight and substance to the story. Lauren Wolk’s prose is beautiful and powerful, and evokes strong images of life on the edge of the sea. Recommended for readers ages 10 and up.

Annette G.