The Sea in Winter by Christine Day, Read by Kimberly Woods
Heartwarming Middle-Grade Listening
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Kimberly Woods’s soft voice draws out all of the roiling emotions in The Sea in Winter, Christine Day’s middle-grade novel about recovery, loss, and hope. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss this audiobook that provides young listeners with comfort and catharsis. Maisie is a 12-year-old Makah and Piscataway girl whose identity has revolved around ballet—but after tearing her ACL, she’s facing an uncertain future. Woods’s youthful voice embodies Maisie, whose anger and anxieties are beginning to overwhelm her despite the loving support of her family. Listeners who are facing loss and a year like none other will find Maisie’s story of healing. She’s a role model for learning to express strong emotions and to ask for help.
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