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When Sea Becomes Sky

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Adventurous story of close siblings deals with change.

When Sea Becomes Sky

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Cozy, compassionate, courageous, this story about siblings and their search for connection with the past is heartwarming. Though this book doesn't feel as fleshed out as previous books by Gillian McDunn, the surprises in this story feel very personal. And Yaoyao Ma Van's illustrations add to the story and atmosphere.

Kids who are fans of McDunn's Carolina coast novel Caterpillar Summer will enjoy the familiar setting. And though there's a twist at the end of this book that feels satisfying, the characters are not quite as developed as in other works by this veteran author. Still, there are great messages about the importance of family.

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