The Captain’s Log – beyond the bright sea (Lauren Wolk)

Ahoy there me mateys!    The title and the cover for this one is what drew me in:

I just love the image of the feather blending into the waves.  When I found out this was a historical mystery tale set in the 1920s I knew I had to read it.

Twelve year-old Crow doesn’t know anything about her past.  She washed ashore in a small boat on a tiny island when she was only a few hours old.  She was raised by an older man named Osh and his neighbor Maggie.  Crow used to consider her life to be pretty much perfect.  Sure there isn’t really any money but Crow loves her world of three.  But as she gets older, she begins to really question why none of the other islanders will get near her and where she really came from.  But Crow finds that with the questions comes a sense of unease about her identity and where she belongs.  This is Crow’s journey of discovery.

It is really a beautiful tale.  The writing is wonderful and could be very lyrical.  The characters are unique and lovely.  I loved all three members of the trio.  Osh, in particular, was me favourite character.  He was gruff, tender, and caring.  I absolutely adored reading about island life.  I loved that Crow’s search also leads to frustration and concern in the adults.  I enjoyed that assumptions and prejudices were challenged over and over again.  I thought it was great to see how hurt can sometimes be caused by difference in temperament and emotions.

The mystery isn’t a mystery for long but I thought the author’s choices were both unexpected and fascinating.  The ending in particular was rather bold and unorthodox and I loved it.  The only really negative for this one was that the bad guy was very two dimensional but I didn’t care because of Crow and Osh and Maggie.  I loved witnessing their love, care, and concern for each other.

I very much enjoyed this experience.  The author’s other book wolf hollow also be on me list.  I be excited for it!  Arrrr!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift on a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow’s only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar.

Crow has always been curious about the world around her, but it isn’t until the night a mysterious fire appears across the water that the unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger.

Vivid and heart wrenching, Lauren Wolk’s Beyond the Bright Seais a gorgeously crafted and tensely paced tale that explores questions of identity, belonging, and the true meaning of family.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Lauren Wolk – Author

To buy the novel go to:

beyond the bright sea – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

10 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – beyond the bright sea (Lauren Wolk)

  1. I am always disappointed when bad guys are flat. Evil isn’t just a thing which IS. There needs to be depth and motivation for them to be compelling. But, that said it sounds like A book I’d love to read! Do we know where this island is located? I guess I’m just curious if this book takes place in our world, and where, or if this is set in an alternative universe.

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      1. Oooh. Thanks for sharing the link. I didn’t realize how closely tied to history this book was. How fascinating!

        Have you read Sweet Bean Paste? It’s a contemporary fiction novel based on Japan, so not your usual read. But it’s focused on the stigma associated with leprocy and what it means in Japan. A quick read which is really fascinating.


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