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Lewiston native signs with Islandport Press


Islandport Press is pleased to announce that it has signed Sarah Marie A. Jette and will publish her middle grade novel, What the Wind Can Tell You, in May 2018.

At the center of Jette’s remarkable debut is seventh-grader Isabelle Perez. Isabelle is fascinated by wind, and this year, she's determined to win the middle school science fair with her wind machine. She's just as determined to have her brother, Julian, who has a severe form of epilepsy and uses a wheelchair, serve as her assistant. But after Julian has a grand seizure, everything changes. Isabelle is suddenly granted entry into Las Brisas, a magical world where Julian's physical limitations disappear. The more Isabelle explores Las Brisas, the more possibilities she sees―for Julian, and for herself―and the more she finds herself at odds with her parents. Debut author Jette tells a powerful story of a family struggling to love without fear.

“I met Sarah at a conference more than a year ago,” said Islandport Press Editorial Director Melissa Kim, “where she read the first chapter of this book at a roundtable session. Everyone at the table was just blown away. It’s one of those stories that you just don’t forget. I’m so honored to be working with her now.”

Sarah Marie Aliberti Jette grew up in Lewiston, Maine, in a house filled with books. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she served in the Peace Corps in Mongolia, studied rehabilitation counseling, and now has what she calls the best job in the world: teaching fourth-graders. She is currently a teacher at the Thompson Elementary School in Arlington, Mass. When she's not writing, she's crafting with her three children, sewing her own clothes, and snuggling with her cats. Jette lives in Belmont.

Islandport Press is a dynamic, award-winning publisher dedicated to stories rooted in the essence and sensibilities of New England. For more information, please call 207-846-3344, visit or e-mail

Author photo by Bridget Hogan