Alma by William Bell

By William Bell

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

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

When Alma's instructor notices her wonderful handwriting, she recommends Alma for a role transcribing letters for "Miss Lily," a reclusive previous girl who has simply arrived from Boston. finally, their mutual love of interpreting creates a robust 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' leave out Havisham? And why is she so secretive in regards to the a part of her existence she refuses to percentage? may perhaps she be, as Alma starts off to suspect, R.R. Hawkins herself? Alma is decided 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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