By William Bell
Award-winning YA writer William Bell's Alma is the pleasing tale of a quiet woman who builds a friendship with a reclusive stranger.
Times were difficult on account that Alma's father died and he or she and her mom needed to quit their farm and stream 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notices her beautiful handwriting, she recommends Alma for a role transcribing letters for "Miss Lily," a reclusive outdated girl who has simply arrived from Boston. ultimately, their mutual love of interpreting creates a robust friendship. pass over Lily lends Alma a few of her favorite books, introduces her to calligraphy, and encourages her ardour to put in writing stories.
But who's this tough and solitary previous lady who reminds Alma of Dickens' pass over Havisham? And why is she so secretive concerning the a part of her lifestyles she refuses to proportion? may 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 complex dynamics of friendship and belief.
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Alma by William Bell