Set in Cape Cod, Beyond the Bright Sea, the 2018 winner of the Scott O’Dell Award, introduces readers to Crow, a girl who was sent from the island of her birth to a new island when she was very young. Enjoying a wonderful life with Osh, the gracious man who took her in, and her neighbor Miss Maggie (one of my favorite characters in a long time!), Crow begins to wonder more about her past, which includes finding out more about the leper colony from where she came and the love her mother had for her.
Wolk’s book offers a masterclass in writing. There were several places in the text where I would just stop in awe at the beautiful lines. Wolk sets up some beautiful tensions that emulate the gentle and rough seas on which the story is set.
For me, the book is about the importance of seeking out truth, but also about accepting what is. Crow shows us that there is as much beauty in searching beyond ourselves for ideas, things, or people as there is in finding the treasures within ourselves.
Like any book that is well written, Beyond the Bright Sea is one that young readers and adults can enjoy. It is one of the best I have read lately and earns five stars!