Words Composed of Sea and Sky

Running Pr. May 2021. 368p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780762468201.
Gr 8 Up–Summer has rolled around, and Michaela (or Mack to those close to her) is looking forward to a single thing: a poetry course at the local college. But when her stepfather claims the cost of the class is too high, she decides to take matters into her own hands. In order to receive a scholarship, Mack needs to win the poetry competition about town legend Captain Benjamin Churchill. While researching Churchill, Mack discovers the diary of Leta Townsend, an affiliate of Churchill’s. As she discovers Leta’s story, she realizes that she has the power to dictate her own. Told in alternating perspectives between Mack and Leta, this is a beautiful story about love and making your voice heard. It is packed with a touching plot, lovable characters, and a well-written romance, and is gripping and easy to relate to. Most characters’ ethnicities aren’t stated.
VERDICT A relatable story of love and poetry for YA collections.

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