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Carla, British School of Gran Canaria

Beyond the Bright Sea

Beyond the Bright Sea is a heartwarming book. I thoroughly enjoyed an engaging read, spending time with characters who were out of the ordinary. It reminded me of Michael Morpurgo's Kensuke's Kingdom as although the plot is not dissimilar to other novels, Lauren Wolk knits the various episodes of the story together with supreme skill.

I loved the setting as it recalls another world. One which I have no knowledge of. Where people were more dependent on natural resources to make everything, such as paints which the author describes in such a beautiful way.

This story narrates the life of a 12-year-old girl known as Crow. Later on, however, we discover that her real name is Morgan. Crow doesn’t know her birth parents and she talks us through her unstoppable adventures with "father" Osh and neighbour Miss Maggie.

There are cliffhangers galore, with the characters shrouded in mystery. I quickly became attached to Crow, and her mission to solve the clues left on a largely deserted island. The reason for the lack of inhabitants is down to the fact it was once a leper colony.

This is a moral story with a message: “What you do is who you are.” Lauren Wolk makes the reader think deeply about their own situation. We become engaged as we relate our own experiences to the story.

Posted on: 4th May 2018 at 04:45 pm

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