January 18, 2021

The Sea in Winter Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


The Sea in Winter
Written by Christine Day
Publisher: HarperCollins
Ages 8-12
272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780063078222


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?

The Sea in Winter is a wonderful middle grade contemporary fiction novel that deals with something that every person can relate to - pain. Maisie is a great main character for the story and I really empathized with her. She's very realistic and rounded; we get to see her go through some really rough times in the story. She's been physically injured and can't dance ballet like she wanted. Maisie has to deal with different types of pain - both physical and emotional - and the author was able to make her feel so real that my heart hurt for her. Every single reader will be able to relate to Maisie in one way or another. Pain is universal and everyone will experience some amount of it within their lives. But the story isn't just about Maisie's emotional problems that are starting to get out of hand. It's also about living with the pain, learning from it, and moving on. It's a reminder to all of us that although there will be pain and suffering in our lives, it's not going to last forever. Maisie was able to get through her issues with the help and support of her family and some other important people. I thought this was a great story at face value that tackles a universal topic in our world as well. I definitely recommend this book to fans of middle grade fiction, contemporary fiction, and readers of all ages are sure to get something out of this story.

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 www.bychristineday.com.

Purchase Links:
Amazon: https://amzn.to/3mZ0XXQ
Audible: https://amzn.to/3aPSfsy
Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780062872043

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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*Disclosure: I partnered with The Children's Book Review and HarperCollins Publishers to participate in this blog tour.

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