Lauren Wolk has worked as a writer at the St. Paul American Indian Center, a senior editor with a Toronto publisher, a high school English teacher, Assistant Director at the Cape Cod Writers Center and, since 2007, Associate Director of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. In 1999, Random House published her first novel, Those Who Favor Fire. Her second novel, Forgiving Billy, was twice nominated for the Pushcart Press Editors’ Book Award and won the 2006 Hackney Literary Award. In 2016, Dutton published her novel Wolf Hollow, which won a 2016 New England Book Award, a 2017 Newbery Honor, a 2017 Jane Addams Honor, and was shortlisted for the 2017 New-York Historical Society’s Children’s History Book Prize, 2017 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, 2017 Carnegie Medal, and other awards. In May 2017, Dutton published Wolk’s second novel for young readers, Beyond the Bright Sea, winner of the 2018 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction and other honors. Wolk is also a visual artist represented by galleries in Provincetown and Truro, Massachusetts, and an award-winning poet.
By Lauren Wolk
Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated pieces of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift in 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 won history forms in her heart. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger.
Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what's right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran.