Excellent middle grade historical mystery

51cacptvrvl-_ac_us327_ql65_Beyond the Bright Sea, Lauren Wolk, Dutton, out now

In the 1920s, twelve-year-old Crow lives on the isolated Elizabeth Islands, off the coast of Massachussetts. All she knows about her own history is that the man who raised her, Osh, an artist who lives alone, found her in a small boat on the beach. She is content with her life, with Osh and their close neighbor, Miss Maggie, but as she grows older she becomes increasingly curious about her real identity, and why many of the other islanders choose to avoid her.

Gradually she discovers the answers, but not all of them are good, and most of them just lead to more questions. In the end, finding out who she really is may not be exactly what she expected.

A very well-written follow-up to the Newbery Honor, Wolf Hollow. Good historical fiction about identity, discrimination and finding yourself for middle-graders.

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