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The Sea in Winter



Publisher & Publication Year

HarperCollins, 2021

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Christine Day (Upper Skagit)

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Michaela Goade (Tlingit)



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. 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?

Notable Achievements

IndieBound Indie Next List Top Ten Pick; BookPage Best of Pick; School Library Journal Best Book; Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book


Publishers Weekly: "A contemplative and emotional story of resilience and reinvention whose dedication sums it up well: 'To anyone who needs a reminder that pain is temporary.'"

Kirkus Reviews: "An insightful, stirring read about healing and resilience."

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