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"Be warned, once you pick up Beyond the Bright Sea, you won't be able to put it down...Lauren Wolk's writing is at once lyrical and fraught with danger and suspense, as Crow follows her instincts to hunt down a past that has eluded her and face an unknown future." - NPR's Best Books of the Year

"The sight of a campfire on a distant island...proves the catalyst for a series of discoveries and events--some poignant, some frightening--that Ms. Wolk unfolds with uncommon grace." -The Wall Street Journal

★ "Creating mystery and suspense in an unusual setting, Newbery Honor-winner Wolk spins an intriguing tale of an orphan determined to find her roots, set in the 1920s.... Crow is a determined and dynamic heroine with a strong intuition, who pieces together the puzzle of her past while making profound realizations about the definition of family." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "The mysteries--and the words that describe them--are compelling enough to send readers to the islands for years to come. A beautiful, evocative sophomore effort from Newbery honoree Wolk." --Kirkus, starred review

"Wolk has a keen sense for the seaside landscape, skillfully mining the terror the ocean can unleash as a furious nor'easter heightens tension in the novel's climax." -- Booklist, starred review

"A stellar story full of heart, action, and emotion that will make readers feel like they are a part of Crow's family." -- School Library Journal, starred review

"[A] hauntingly beautiful sea song of a historical novel.... As Crow searches for clues to her origins, this soulful book turns into a riveting adventure." -- Scholastic Teacher

"A beautiful tapestry of pirate-treasure adventure, suspense, a search for family, and warm family bonds that'll keep the pages turning and the heartstrings tugging." -- Common Sense Media

"A sweeping work self-discovery and love, Beyond the Bright Sea is thought-provoking and pitch-perfect in every way." --The Times Herald

"This is the story of a girl trying to discover who she is and who she wants to be, but it is also a fast-paced thriller with kidnapping and buried treasure, a murderous escaped convict, and a shipwreck. Crow, Osh and Miss Maggie are wonderful characters, quirky and lovable and real. The lessons Crow learns about people and herself are profound. The sea crashes, and the smell of salt and fish and ocean spray will make you feel drenched as you read. The writing is fabulous." -- Historical Novel Society

"Heart-wrenching, Lyrical." -- New York Public Library Biblio File blog


Praise for Lauren Wolk's Newbery Honor-winning debut, Wolf Hollow

"The honesty of Wolf Hollow will just about shred your heart, but Annabelle's courage and compassion will restore it to you, fuller than before. This book matters." --Sara Pennypacker, New York Times bestselling author of Pax

"An evocative setting, memorable characters, a searing story: Wolf Hollow has stayed with me long after I closed the book. It has the feel of an instant classic. --Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestselling author

Wrenching and true. . . . comparisons to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird will abound. But Wolk gives us her own story--one full of grace and stark, brutal beauty. --The New York Times Book Review

This exquisite debut confronts injustice and doesn't flinch. --People

[A] powerful debut . . . beautifully written. --The Wall Street Journal

★ "Trusting its readers implicitly with its moral complexity, Wolk's novel stuns." --Kirkus, starred review

★ The narrative is powerful, complex, and lifelike . . . a truly moving debut." --School Library Journal, starred review

★ Wolk movingly expresses Annabelle's loss of innocence through the honest, clear voice of her protagonist." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ Perfectly pitched to be used in classrooms in conjunction with To Kill a Mockingbird." --Booklist, starred review

★ The tension builds and never lets up. --The Horn Book, starred review

About the Author

Lauren Wolk is an award-winning poet and author of the bestselling Newbery Honor-winning Wolf Hollow, described by the New York Times Book Review as full of grace and stark, brutal beauty. She was born in Baltimore and has since lived in California, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Canada, and Ohio. She now lives with her family on Cape Cod.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 1101994878
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Puffin Books; Reprint edition (18 September 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781101994870
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1101994870
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 10 - 13 years
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.93 x 2.03 x 19.56 cm
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People asked when I became a writer. My answer: October 28, 1959. The day I was born. People ask how long it took me to write Wolf Hollow or Beyond the Bright Sea. I say: my whole life. My work is a result of everything I’ve ever experienced. The same is true of my visual art and poetry. Art may be triggered by a moment of inspiration or epiphany, but it arises from a lifetime of observations, ideas, imagination, and skills honed by practice, practice, and more practice.

I’ve had quite a few jobs in my life, all of which involved writing and all of which made me a better writer.

After graduating from Brown University with a degree in English literature, I worked at the St. Paul American Indian Center, writing a book on how best to assist battered women in the Native American community. I then worked as a senior editor with an educational publisher in Toronto before starting a family and a business as a freelance writer and editor in 1988. In 1999, Random House published my first novel, Those Who Favor Fire. In 2000, I became a full-time, certified English teacher at Sturgis Charter School in Hyannis, working there for four years before leaving to become Assistant Director at the Cape Cod Writers Center and to write my second novel, Forgiving Billy, which was twice nominated for the Pushcart Editor’s Book Award and which won the 2006 Hackney Literary Award. I became Associate Director of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in 2007, which was when I became increasingly involved in creating visual art, eventually receiving invitations to participate in various exhibits and to show my work at the Larkin Gallery in Provincetown and the Post Office Gallery in North Truro. In 2016, Dutton published my novel Wolf Hollow, which I had written for a general audience but which is known primarily as a book for young readers (“ages 10 and up”). It was named a 2016 New England Book Award winner, a 2017 Newbery Honor Book, and a 2017 Jane Addams Honor Book and was shortlisted for the 2017 New York Historical Society Children’s Book Prize, the 2017 Waterstones Book Prize, the 2017 Carnegie Medal, and other awards. In May 2017, Dutton published Beyond the Bright Sea, also for ages 10 and up.

I come from a long line of farmers and love the natural world, which enabled me to write Wolf Hollow, which is about a girl named Annabelle coming of age on a small farm in 1943. Likewise, the decades I’ve spent near the ocean inspired my new book, about a girl growing up on the Elizabeth Islands off the coast of Cape Cod, where I live.

I have a wonderful time visiting with children and other readers to talk about my work and to answer their questions. They are all unfailingly smart, perceptive, and supportive.

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