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What the Wind Can Tell You

Paperback, 216 pages, Middle grade fiction, Ages 8-12

ISBN: 978-1-944762-41-4

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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, and one, she discovers, that he visits every night. 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 Sarah Marie A. Jette has told, with remarkable insight and humor, a powerful story of a family struggling to love without fear.

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" A heartwarming, magical middle-grade novel, Sarah Marie A. Jette’s What the Wind Can Tell You tackles tough issues with sensitivity . . . This is a simultaneously realistic, supernatural, and touching look at the dynamics of families and disabilities. . . . This thoughtful and lively novel will delight middle-grade ages and beyond with its balance of sensory prose and meaningful topics."
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"I adored this book. It was highly original and had a fantastic authenticity that I really connected to. Readers will fall in love with the characters of Isabelle and Julian, and root for them as they triumph in both their world and the world of Las Brisas. This is Bridge to Terabithia for a new generation."
—Clarissa Hadge, Trident Booksellers and Cafe, Boston (MA) 

"What the Wind Can Tell You] was emotional and feeling, brave and unique and I completely fell in love with both Isabelle and Julian. Julian is just the sweetest, and so funny, and Isabelle is one of the bravest characters, who I think will be an excellent role model for young readers. Even though this book can be a little sad, it’s also very heartwarming and powerful."
––Kendall Chapman, The Geeky Yogi blog

Lewiston native signs with Islandport Press

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 www.islandportpress.com or e-mail info@islandportpress.com.

Author photo by Bridget Hogan


June 3: Meet Sarah Marie Jette

June 3: Meet Sarah Marie Jette

Sarah Marie Jette, author of "What the Wind Can Tell You," will do a reading and sign copies of her new middle grade novel on Sunday, June 3, at 1 p.m. at Belmont Books, 79 Leonard St., Belmont.

July 7: Meet Sarah Marie Jette in Auburn

July 7: Meet Sarah Marie Jette in Auburn

Sarah Marie Jette, author of "What the Wind Can Tell You," will sign copies of her new middle grade novel on Saturday, July 7, from 2 - 4 p.m. at Books-A-Million, Auburn Mall, 550 Center St, Auburn, Maine.

Sarah Marie A. Jette

About this Author

Sarah Marie Aliberti Jette grew up in Lewiston, Maine, in a house filled with books. Like Isabelle, the main character in What the Wind Can Tell You, Jette is Mexican-American. “I made Isabelle Mexican-

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