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When Sea Becomes Sky


Note from Gillian:

Davey and Bex love to spend time in the Carolina saltmarsh near their island home. On page one, they make an incredible discovery. The rest of the book is about solving a mystery ... in more ways than one.


Sometimes authors write stories that are super personal and that is this book for me! I wrote this book because it's the story I needed when I was a kid.


A Great Fit for:

  • Readers who like siblings stories

  • Readers who like to write (or anyone who's had writer's block)

  • Readers who like books with happy and sad parts

  • Parent/kid discussion: What would you do if you made a discovery like Bex and Davey? What does it mean to be a storyteller? Why are writers supposed to be honest?

Honors & Awards


  • Winner of the Southern Book Prize

  • A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

  • Kids Indie Next List Pick

  • Amazon Best Books

  • Amazon Editors' Pick

  • New York Times for Kids "Year of Books" selection

  • NC Humanities "Great Reads from Great Places" youth selection for the state of North Carolina

    ★ Booklist, starred review

    ★ Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

Book Details


Age range: 8-13

Grade level: 3-8

Hardcover: 214 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

ISBN-10: 1547610859

ISBN-13: 978-1547610853

Art by Yaoyao Ma Van As,

design by Jeanette Levy

Available in:

  • Hardcover

  • Ebook

  • Audio book, narrated by Brenna Larsen

Signed copies available through Quail Ridge Books

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