The Sea in Winter Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Thursday, January 7, 2021


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 

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I enjoyed reading The Sea in Winter. The characters were engaging, likeable, and realistic. The story was clean and appropriate for the age 8-12 age range. I liked that the author intermixed Maisie's modern-day struggles with her heritage and culture. I felt like the historical cultural aspects of the story made the story richer and more interesting. Personally, I felt like I understood some of what Maisie was going through. I recently had ACL surgery in the fall. I felt like the author understood some of the emotional baggage that it carries on a person. However, it felt a little irresponsible for the parents and the physical therapist to okay Maisie to go hiking so soon after surgery.  I liked that the story follows Maisie's emotional and physical struggles. Kids reading this book will learn that it's okay to reach out to your loved ones for help and to seek help when you're struggling. This story could be applied to many different struggles that kids are facing from finding their heritage, figuring out who they are, finding hope, and reaching out to family. I also liked that it demonstrated that Maisie was more than her passion for ballet. This story teaches many valuable lessons. It would be a good book to discuss in a kid's book club or classroom setting. 

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About the Author

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 here


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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This blog post was in partnership with The Children's Book Review and HarperCollins Publishers. Please note that I received a free copy to review, however, this is my honest opinion.

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