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Mrs McBarron, UAH - Hooked On Books

Beyond the Bright Sea

As I enjoyed 'Wolf Hollow' by Lauren Wolk last year, I was looking forward to reading this and it didn't disappoint me.

Crow has lived on a small island all her life and has been brought up by Osh, who found her washed up on the shore as a baby. Crow can't understand why a lot of the islanders seem to fear her, and with the help of Osh and their friend, Miss Maggie, she sets out on a journey to find out who she really is and where she comes from. Her search takes her to the neighbouring island of Penikese, a former leper colony, where she discovers further clues to her true identity.

I found this book very atmospheric in its descriptions of life on the island and the relationships between Crow, Osh and Miss Maggie were both touching and realistic. I also enjoyed learning a little about the history of Penikese, one of the Elizabeth islands off the coast of America, which was used as a leper colony in the early 1900s.

Although I liked this book and would recommend it, there have been other books on the shortlist this year that I preferred and I think would be more worthy winners of the Carnegie Medal.

Posted on: 25th April 2018 at 04:16 pm

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