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Beyond the Bright Sea

By: Lauren Wolk
Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Lauren Wolk
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Publisher's summary

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

From the best-selling author of Echo Mountain and 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.

©2017 Lauren Wolk (P)2017 Listening Library

Critic reviews

"Narrator Jorjeana Marie expresses all the youthful longing of 12-year-old Crow.... Overall, Marie melds conflict and tenderness beautifully in this tale of family and belonging." (AudioFile)

“Be warned, once you pick up Beyond the Bright Sea, you won’t be able to put it down...Lauren Wolk's writing is at once lyrical and fraught with danger and suspense, as Crow follows her instincts to hunt down a past that has eluded her and face an unknown future.” (NPR’s Best Books 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)