“Christine Day has written a powerful #OwnVoices middle-grade novel about a Makah/Piscataway girl slowly recovering from a ballet injury. Maisie’s struggles with depression, anxiety, and loneliness, as well as her humor, perseverance, and ability to find love and support, will resonate strongly with middle schoolers and with adults. The Sea in Winter is a love letter to all of us right now as we suffer the loss of our pre-COVID lives and figure out how to stay resilient and hopeful in these scary and uncertain times.”
— Alyssa Raymond, Copper Dog Books, Beverly, MA
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 Heartdrum imprint centers a wide range of intertribal voices, visions, and stories while welcoming all young readers, with an emphasis on the present and future of Indian Country and on the strength of young Native heroes. In partnership with We Need Diverse Books.