Beyond the Bright Sea (ebook)
by Lauren Wolk
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I was a little cynical about this book, because I read a lot about Wolf Hollow by the same author, and I heard it was a children’s book written for adults. I have yet to read Wolf Hollow (I brought it home to read this summer), but I let it taint my initial feelings. Luckily, I read the book and developed a better opinion of Beyond the Bright Sea.
Crow washed up on the shore on one of the Elizabeth Islands near New Bedford, Massachusetts. She was only a few hours old and in a tiny leaking boat, but luckily, Osh found her and raised her like he would his own, although she always knew he was not her real father. It was rumored that she was born on Penikese Island, where there was a leprosy colony, so Crow was shunned by the townspeople, except for Miss Maggie, who isn’t afraid to touch her. One day, Crow discovers she has roots on Penikese, and she discovers who her parents were, as well as what they left behind for her. This is a story with a good mystery, but it it is also sad and humorous, and you will grow to like Crow, Osh, and Miss Maggie.
What I liked about this book was the way it kept me going. I started to figure out parts of the mystery, and I was frustrated that I would have to read the entire book for Crow to figure it out, but the author knew better- Crow figured it out shortly after I did as the reader, and I looked forward to unexpected twists after that.
What I didn’t like about this book was that Osh was so sad and hurt by Crow wanting to know about her real family. Osh, a tough, quiet man, was the stand in for Crow’s family, and he realized that she might not need him now that she learned who her family was. That made me sad, because I can imagine that my own (step) dad would feel the same if I wanted to spend more time with my biological father. I could relate to the situation.
Book 9 of summer 2017!