The Sea in Winter Awareness Tour & Giveaway

Disclosure: I reviewed this book in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and HarperCollins Publishers.


The Sea in Winter

Written by Christine Day

Publisher’s Synopsis: In this evocative and heartwarming novel for readers who loved The Thing About Jellyfish, the author of I Can Make This Promise tells the story of a Native American girl struggling to find her joy again.

It’s been a hard year for Maisie Cannon, ever since she hurt her leg and could not keep up with her ballet training and auditions.

Her blended family is loving and supportive, but Maisie knows that they just can’t understand how hopeless she feels. With everything she’s dealing with, Maisie is not excited for their family midwinter road trip along the coast, near the Makah community where her mother grew up.

But soon, Maisie’s anxieties and dark moods start to hurt as much as the pain in her knee. How can she keep pretending to be strong when on the inside she feels as roiling and cold as the ocean?

Ages 8-12 | 272 Pages | Publisher: HarperCollins | ISBN-13: 9780063078222






Christine Day is the author of The Sea in Winter and I Can Make This Promise, which was a best book of the year from Kirkus, School Library Journal, NPR, and the Chicago Public Library as well as an American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book and a Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book.

You can visit her online at

My Review

Maisie tells her story with such deep thoughts and emotions, but she just can’t speak up to those around her. This beautifully written book about a melancholy little girl is in Maisie’s voice. She feels so much in her young life and has such big dreams.

The Native American family loves Maisie and takes good care of her. For much of the story she is silent about how she really feels. Her parents seem to ignore her bad moods and sensitivity to everything.

After she has undergone surgery because of a severe knee injury, it’s taking a longer time to heal than Maisie imagined. She feels alone and desperate to get back to her ballet studio with her only friends. They are moving on without her.

Her family takes a winter break vacation to the land of her ancestors and a long hike is planned. Although she pretends that she is fine, she’s feeling pain in her knee.

Will she be able to dance again? Are her parents really tuned into her problems?

I highly recommend this book. It really delves into topics that are very real in young people’s lives. This is a warm and sensitive read.


Enter for a chance to win a set of two books by Christine Day, including The Sea in Winter.

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A hardcover copy of The Sea in Winter by Christine Day
  • A hardcover copy of I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day

Four (4) winners receive:

  • A hardcover copy of The Sea in Winter by Christine Day

The giveaway begins January 5, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends February 5, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

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