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Harriet, Glossopdale School

Beyond the Bright Sea

I have mixed feelings about this novel.
'Beyond the Bright Sea' by Lauren Wolk is all about a girl named Crow who washed up on the shore of an island. Luckily for her a man called Osh is out that day and takes her in. Other people stay away from her on the island in fear that she may have come from Pekinese, a small island on which people were prone to illness. Throughout the book Crow, Osh and another islander, Miss Maggie, attempt to uncover where she truly came from.

Personally, I decided to read the novel because of previously reading this author; also I found the front cover intriguing and it did urge me to give it a go.

I really liked the idea of the story line but felt like it was slow moving and didn't ever fully get going. This was a shame for me because recently I read 'Wolf Hollow' which I found quite thrilling and entertaining. From my point of view it didn't live up to my expectations.

However, the book is written using good descriptive language techniques. I feel like the build up to certain points in the novel was exciting although could be anti-climatic and was just slightly lacking as we find out information almost immediately afterwards.

In addition I was also fond of the characters with my favorite being Miss Maggie as she is intelligent, helpful, does everything for a reason and her intentions are clear. In contrast my least favorite character was the antagonist - Mr Kendall, he lacks depth and we don't know that much about him.

I recommend this book to children aged 9+. I would rate it 3.5 out of 5 because it was hard to get into but I enjoyed parts of it.

Posted on: 22nd April 2018 at 12:37 pm

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