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|Echo Mountain||Wolf Hollow|
|Read more by Lauren Wolk:||Historical fiction at its finest, Echo Mountain is celebration of finding your own path and becoming your truest self.||A haunting tale of America at a crossroads and a time when one girl’s resilience, strength, and compassion help to illuminate the darkest corners of history.|
“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
From School Library Journal
- ASIN : B01M6UY826
- Publisher : Dutton Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 2, 2017)
- Publication date : May 2, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 4576 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 314 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #92,612 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First, it is hard to imagine another first-person work so overwhelmed by its pronoun. A virtual infantry of I’s pounds across the pages, vertical intruders inexorably shifting the reader’s focus from the story to the grammar. It is a distraction that could have been eliminated with more discipline or better editing.
Second, key parts of the book are so contrived they become a fetch too far. Most notably in a clutch of just a few pages, the protagonist takes her first-ever-alone ferry trip resulting in encounters with: (a) a possible lost relative who happens to be at the rail of a passing ship; (b) a person she has never met before willingly spilling a great deal of information about that possible relative, and; (c) a coincidental brush with the story’s arch villain. All this on a round trip in a single day. Please. Harder work and a more dispassionate review process could have made this more believable.
Third, a sort of Hallmark Channel formula begins to emerge. The Annabelle of “Wolf Hollow” becomes the Crow of “Beyond the Bright Sea” becomes the Ellie of “Echo Mountain.” Although the geography changes, the circumstances, dilemmas and fears are all too familiar among the three Wolk books.
Lauren Wolk is a fine writer, but one who needs to shake the foundations to begin building something new.
He gets "first read" most of the time. And he sped through this book -- a definite sign of approval. When I picked it up, I found out why he was so excited; I couldn't put it down either.
It would be unfair to discuss the book beyond what you will have already seen in the Amazon listing. The story is rich in detail and will keep the reader guessing and hoping.
(There is, however, one exception, but it won't be a spoiler. I could sense throughout the book that the author was considering an alternate ending to the story, a slight thread that wasn't tied off. It didn't need tying -- the story is complete as is -- but there is a possibility of a sequel now, one that deals with that other possibility. I hope there is one.)
I was a big fan of Lauren Wolk's previous novel, Wolf Hollow and she did not disappoint with Beyond the Bright Sea. The characters are wonderfully developed and the setting is vibrant, wild and beautiful. She is a master storyteller and I look forward to other books in the future.
Twelve-year-old Crow has started asking serious questions about her origins and arrival to the small island off of Cuttyhunk (MA). Raised by Osh, a quiet lobster man and painter with his own secret past and his neighbor Miss Maggie, Crow wants answers. Did she come from the old Leper Colony on another island? Who were her parents? Why was she abandoned in a small skiff....? But her persistence in searching for the truth has put them all in danger. This is an important story of belonging and family. In the end it's not necessary to solve all of life's mysteries.
Top reviews from other countries
Beyond the Bright Sea was a beautiful little read. The main character, Crow, really captivated me as she journeyed in this novel to find her ‘roots’.
Crow’s relationships with ‘Osh’ and ‘Miss Maggie’ were sweet, innocent and endearing – there was such fierce protectiveness and familial love between these three people that you couldn’t help but be warmed by them.
Wolk’s writing is perfect in its style for this story. It wasn’t over complicated and had a rawness that I liked. It reminded our book club of Scout in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’.
The setting was charming and a character in itself, I felt.
I would encourage anyone to read this one! And if you have any 9+ year olds then give it to them to read, too.
Crow is a really well thought through character that i think everyone can relate to. The fact this book is written in first person really helped me feel like i was in Crow's position.
I think Beyond The Bright Sea has a fantastic mix of different genres which makes it a great book for anyone to read.
Overall I think it is a really fantastic book and I really enjoyed reading it. :)