The Sea in Winter Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In this evocative and heartwarming novel for fans of 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?
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 25 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 05, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #81,716 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#27 in Native American Stories for Children
#269 in Children's Adoption Books (Books)
#394 in Children's Native American Books
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I recommend this book to kid struggling with being forced to change due to unexpected events.
This book is also good to have read for unexpected events that are yet to come.
After a knee injury in ballet class, Maisie's life changed drastically. What had been all-consuming was now off the table. At the outset of the story, Maisie is alone, hurting, and adrift. The Sea in Winter is the story of her coming through her depression to find meaning in her life again; but do not make the mistake that this book is all sunshine. This is the story of Maisie's defeat, her rock bottom, her wallowing, and ultimately her acceptance of the help she needs. With a loving, blended family that offers unconditional love, she starts relationships and activities afresh by reconnecting with old friends and forging new friendships. The Sea in Winter is powerful in its admission of weaknesses – characters' vulnerability
authenticates the complexity of life.
It is worthwhile to note that Maisie's family is Native: Her mom is Makah, her dad Piscataway, and her step-dad an enrolled citizen of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. For non-Native readers, The Sea in Winter is a relatable example of present-day Indigenous individuals. If you are seeking more material about diverse representation in children's literature, I recommend We Need Diverse Books.
The Sea in Winter is one middle grade read I look forward to reading with T. Don't skip the author's note in the back.
*Heartdrum is the imprint from HarperCollins that features works by Native authors. Day is Upper Skagit.
I disclose partnership with The Children's Book Review and HarperCollins Publishers.
This is also a page turner. Day does a nice job of hinting at what might happen on the family trip; that sense of nervous dread keeps us turning pages.
Ultimately, this is a story about psychological healing, a message which I loved and which fits the story very well. The ending feels slightly rushed and I would have liked to see more of Maisie's interactions with her therapist and learn along with her how to overcome anxiety and depression. I understand MG readers might not want that level of "digging deep."
I almost rated THE SEA IN WINTER 5 stars. However, I knocked off 1 star because Maisie's little brother, Cooper, is kind of annoying to read about. Also, the historical legends and stories seem out of place or forced. They could've been incorporated more subtly into the narrative.
I will definitely look for more books by Christine Day. Highly recommended for fans of contemporary literary MG.