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|| #63,806 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#25 in Native American Stories for Children
#176 in Children's Adoption Books (Books)
#256 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.
Day does a beautiful job of discussing mental health and anxiety in an accessible and relatable way. Many students will be able to connect with what Maisie is feeling and going through. I also enjoyed learning about Maisie’s and her family’s native heritage and history. This book is emotional and poignant. It reminds us that kids have big struggles too, and it is okay to talk to someone when you’re struggling.
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.