Parents' Guide to

Beyond the Bright Sea

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Moving adventure story of tween's search for her origins.

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Moving and lovely in its language and message.

Brilliant writing...poetic and meaningful. Loved every minute of it, and so did my 11-year-old granddaughter.
age 12+

Not for 10-year-olds. Movies have PG-13 ratings, and the violence in this book lends itself to needing an older rating as well.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Author Lauren Wolk weaves 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. Beyond the Bright Sea is not as dark and intense as Wolk's YA debut, Wolf Hollow, but the mystery, characters, and vivid sense of place make it hard to put down.

Tweens will relate to Crow as she explores how her family origins define, and don't define, who she is. The rhythmic writing and suspenseful chapter endings make it great for reading aloud, too. Everyone from big kids up to adults will be deeply moved by Crow's adventures and the lessons she learns about family and happiness. Keep a tissue nearby when you get to the end.

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