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Shannon, Glossopdale School

Beyond the Bright Sea

'Beyond the Bright Sea' was a very emotional book which made you think about the importance of family, friends and finding out what is most important to ourselves.

This book is based just off Cuttyhunk, on a secluded island with a population of two. Those two people are Crow and Osh. When she was just a few hours old Crow washed up on the shore of this small island, in a skiff along with a wet letter, a ring and a feather birth mark on the side of her cheek. Crow always wanted to know where she came from, to know who her parents were, but most of all she wanted to know who she really is. As the book goes on we see her try to find her family but it all turns bad when they realise who she is and that all many people are after what is hers, treasure. In the incredible journey they take Crow will come to realise that it is not where we come from that matters but who we become.

My favourite character was Osh as he was a very deep character and had a lot of problems of his own which he didn't bother Crow with. I also really liked the fact that he was a Father to Crow even when he could have sent her to an orphanage. All he tries to do is do the best for Crow. Even when she wants to find out who her true parents are, he is really supportive. He is portrayed as a strong islander but I also liked the fact that he was a painter because this showed his more vulnerable and sensitive side. My least favourite character was Mr.Kendall as he was a pure villain and almost destroyed their lives.

I really enjoyed this book and thought it was pleasant that it showed Crow's growth into maturity as she realises that it is not where we come from but who we become which shows our character and personality. I think this is a very well written book that has some great emotions which help the reader connect to the story. I would give this book 5/5 stars!

Posted on: 4th May 2018 at 12:31 pm

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