Sunday, January 10, 2021

The Sea in Winter Awareness Tour



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.


The Sea in Winter

Written by Christine Day

Publisher’s Synopsis: 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?

Ages 8-12 | 272 Pages | Publisher: HarperCollins | ISBN-13: 9780063078222







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 at


I first heard about this book in a webinar earlier this fall. One of the presenters was introducing the new Heartdrum imprint from HarperCollins and she shared details about several of the upcoming titles. The idea of an imprint specifically focused on books written and illustrated by Native American creators sounded very promising. The Sea in Winter is the first book from Heartdrum that I have had the chance to read. There are so many things about the story that readers will enjoy. Maisie is a very believable middle school kid with a dream. Her blended family is warm and loving, but can still have moments of tension. The inevitable drifting apart of friends who no longer share a common interest or activity is very true to life, as is the depression and anger over losing a beloved dream. One of the things I particularly enjoyed about the book was the way that a Native American family was portrayed. The history that Maisie’s parents share with the children is important to them, but is not the main focus of the story. The details about where her parents grew up and their current jobs and activities will help readers understand that Native Americans are still part of communities around the U.S. - and not just a group that appears in a few chapters of a social studies book about the distant past. This is a great book to share with anyone who would appreciate a story about dealing with middle school, overcoming an injury that makes a favorite sport out of reach, and navigating the stress of those changes without alienating the family members that want to help. The fact that it also portrays a Native American family in a contemporary setting just makes it an even better read.


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Jan 7

Life Is What It's Called


Jan 8

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Jan 11

Fairview Elementary School (Library)


Jan 12

The Children's Book Review

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Jan 13

Barbara Ann Mojica's Blog


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The Fairview Review is participating in the blog tour in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and HarperCollins Publishers.

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