Mrs Henderson’s Book Review of ‘Beyond the Bright Sea’

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards and often described by authors and illustrators as ‘the one they want to win’.  Mrs Henderson has been enjoying reading her way through some of the final shortlisted books.  Come and borrow one from the library – you might choose the one that wins! Here is Mrs Henderson’s review of one of the shortlisted books: ‘Beyond the Bright Sea’ by Lauren Wolk.

This is a beautiful story. I could not put it down and managed to finish it in one day over Easter!  The book is set in America and tells the story of Crow, who was sent to sea as a baby in an old boat.  She ends up on the shores of an island and begins a new life there, cared for by a painter called Osh who has no family of his own.  Crow doesn’t know where she came from and being treated differently by the other islanders gives her a strong desire to find her roots.  This desire leads to a fast-paced thriller where Crow attempts to solve the mystery of her birth.  I absolutely loved how the author writes and develops the characters and her poetic descriptions of the islands.  Highly recommended for all year groups – 10/10.