By William Bell

Award-winning YA writer William Bell's Alma is the fascinating tale of a quiet woman who builds a friendship with a reclusive stranger.

Times were tricky on account that Alma's father died and she or he and her mom needed to hand over their farm and movement into city. fortunately, Alma can constantly retreat into the books of her favorite writer, R.R. Hawkins.

When Alma's instructor notices her beautiful handwriting, she recommends Alma for a task transcribing letters for "Miss Lily," a reclusive previous lady who has simply arrived from Boston. finally, their mutual love of studying creates a powerful friendship. omit Lily lends Alma a few of her favorite books, introduces her to calligraphy, and encourages her ardour to write down stories.

But who's this tough and solitary previous girl who reminds Alma of Dickens' omit Havisham? And why is she so secretive concerning the a part of her existence she refuses to proportion? might she be, as Alma starts to suspect, R.R. Hawkins herself? Alma is set to discover out.

This touching tale explores the connection among a blossoming author and her mentor, and delves into the advanced dynamics of friendship and belief.

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He seemed to cross her mind every few minutes-how had one random conversation been so brain-rattling? The teachers always warned about getting too involved with pretties. Since the mind-rain, they weren’t as innocent as they looked. They could mess with your head so easily, just by gazing at you with those huge, gorgeous eyes. Of course, Frizz wasn’t like that. She’d checked the city interface after classes, and Ren had been right about Radical Honesty: They couldn’t lie, or even imply a falsehood.

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