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My review: I chose to read ‘Beyond the Bright Sea’ with my book club at school. Book club is made up of myself, with 2 other teachers and some pupils from KS3. Lauren Wolk’s book was shortlisted for the 2018 CILIP CARNEGIE and Kate Greenaway Medals, which meant that it it was quality writing, engagement and deals with some interesting themes and concepts. You can check out the other novels that have been shortlisted here.
Beyond the Bright Sea was a beautiful little read. The main character, Crow, really captivated me as she journeyed in this novel to find her ‘roots’.
Crow’s relationships with ‘Osh’ and ‘Miss Maggie’ were sweet, innocent and endearing – there was such fierce protectiveness and familial love between these three people that you couldn’t help but be warmed by them.
Wolk’s writing is perfect in its style for this story. It wasn’t over complicated and had a rawness that I liked. It reminded our book club of Scout in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’.
The setting was charming and a character in itself, I felt.
I would encourage anyone to read this one! And if you have any 9+ year olds then give it to them to read, too.
A well written story. From the beginning, the story was a mystery that needed to be solved. The main character was a very courageous young lady. As she searched for her past, she was a very determined.