Book Buzz: Words Composed of Sea and Sky by Erica George

Past and present are beautifully interwoven in an evocative story about claiming one's voice.

―Joy McCullough



Michaela Dunn, living on present-day Cape Cod, dreams of getting into an art school, something her family just doesn't understand. When her stepfather refuses to fund a trip for a poetry workshop, Michaela finds the answer in a local contest searching for a poet to write the dedication plaque for a statue honoring Captain Benjamin Churchill, a whaler who died at sea 100 years ago.


She struggles to understand why her town venerates Churchill, an almost mythical figure whose name adorns the school team and various tourist traps. When she discovers the 1862 diary of Leta Townsend, however, she gets a glimpse of Churchill that she didn't quite anticipate. In 1862, Leta Townsend writes poetry under the name Benjamin Churchill, a boy who left for sea to hunt whales.


Leta is astonished when Captain Churchill returns after his rumored death. She quickly falls for him. But is she falling for the actual captain or the boy she constructed in her imagination?


In two parallel timelines featuring equally delightful characters, Erica George thoroughly immerses the reader in the small town atmosphere and seaswept shores of Cape Cod, where passions swell and break like the rising of the Atlantic tide. Much like a buttery lobster roll on a warm summer’s day, this tenderhearted debut was pure enjoyment from start to finish!
―Jennieke Cohen, author of Dangerous Alliance and My Fine Fellow

Words Composed of Sea and Sky by Erica George

368 Pages

ISBN 9780762468201


Erica George is a writer of young adult fiction. She is a graduate of The College of New Jersey with degrees in both English and education and is currently an MFA student at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She resides in northern New Jersey but spends her summers soaking up the salty sea air on Cape Cod.