Book #4: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

My kids are back in school and I am excited to get back to sharing books with you. To transition into business as usual, I thought I’d start things off by highlighting my favorite reads from this summer. 

Book #4:  Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

From Amazon:

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.


I am an adoptive momma. While there are a lot of books out there (A LOT) that feature orphans as main characters, this one felt more true. Most of these books use the word orphan as a plot point. This one, to me, captured more.

I love the journey Crow took to find her past. I love her adoptive dad, Osh, and neighbor, Miss Mary, who walked with her through it. I love the way Osh struggled with some of Crow’s discoveries. And, I love how their relationship came out stronger in the end. 

Bookish themes of home, belonging and finding one’s place in the world are some of my favorites. Add to that a treasure hunt, an evil villain and a mystery wrapped up in a lot of suspense, and you have a gem of a book.

The author, Lauren Wolk, won a Newbery Award for her book Wolf Hollow. She is also an award-winning poet. After reading Beyond the Bright Sea, none of this came as a surprise. And obviously, Wolf Hollow has moved to the top of my TBR list. 

As for Beyond the Bright Sea, it was one of my favorite reads of the summer!

What were some of yours?