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Award-winning YA author William Bell's Alma is the captivating story of a quiet girl who builds a friendship with a reclusive stranger.

Times have been tough since Alma's father died and she and her mother had to give up their farm and move into town. Luckily, Alma can always retreat into the books of her favourite author, R.R. Hawkins.

When Alma's teacher notices her lovely handwriting, she recommends Alma for a job transcribing letters for 'Miss Lily,' a reclusive old woman who has just arrived from Boston. Eventually, their mutual love of reading creates a strong friendship. Miss Lily lends Alma some of her favourite books, introduces her to calligraphy, and encourages her passion to write stories.

But who is this difficult and solitary old woman who reminds Alma of Dickens' Miss Havisham? And why is she so secretive about the part of her life she refuses to share? Could she be, as Alma begins to suspect, R.R. Hawkins herself? Alma is determined to find out.

This touching story explores the relationship between a blossoming writer and her mentor, and delves into the complicated dynamics of friendship and trust.

Used availability for William Bell's Alma

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Paperback Editions

May 2005 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: Alma
Author(s): William Bell
ISBN: 0-7704-2940-8 / 978-0-7704-2940-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Seal Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

September 2003 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Alma
Author(s): William Bell
ISBN: 0-385-66008-1 / 978-0-385-66008-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Canada, Limited
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

February 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Alma
Author(s): William Bell
Publisher: Seal Books
Availability: Amazon CA   

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