Title: Beyond the Bright Sea
By: Lauren Wolk
Call #: J Wolk L
Beyond the Bright Sea is perhaps the best new middle grade historical novel I read this year. (And it is listed in our 101 Best Kids Books of 2017!). It is the beautifully written story of a young girl who arrived at her adopted father’s island in a boat just a few hours old. As she gets older, Crow wants to know where she came from and who her parents were. Her 1925 quest to discover who she is, with Osh, her adoptive father, and Miss Maggie, her tutor, is thrilling and compelling. A great love of nature suffuses the book; you will want to see the Elizabeth Islands (off Cape Cod) when you are done reading. Enjoy this one.
Read alikes: The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotsen, both among my favorites of all time.