From the bestselling creator of Newbery Honor–winner Wolf Hollow, the moving story of an orphan, decided to know her own history, who discovers the actual meaning of circle of relatives.
“The sight of a campfire on 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 decided and dynamic heroine with a strong intuition, who pieces together the puzzle of her past whilst making profound realizations about the definition of circle of relatives.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ “Beautiful, evocative.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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 once just hours old, Crow’s only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor around the sandbar.
Crow has all the time been curious about the world around her, but it surely isn’t until the night a mysterious fire appears around 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 actual meaning of circle of relatives.