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The Wind Rises: Book 1 of the Alma Series (Hardcover)

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The Wind Rises: Book 1 of the Alma Series By Timothée de Fombelle, Holly James (Translator), François Place (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Timothée de Fombelle, Holly James (Translator), François Place (Illustrator)
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For fans of historical fiction and epic adventures, this story follows Alma as she leaves her family's safe and secluded valley for the first time. Alma and her family, Joseph the stowaway, and Amelie the merchant's daughter, all have very different backgrounds, but are inescapably connected by the brutality of the slave trade ruling the world in the 1700s.

— Petra



From Europe to Africa to the Caribbean, this first installment in the Alma trilogy tells a gripping story of hope, perseverance, and love that readers will not soon forget.

1786. Isolated from the rest of the world, thirteen-year-old Alma lives with her family in a lush African valley. She spends her days exploring their blissful homeland. But everything changes when her little brother finds a secret way out of the valley.

Alma sets out to find him, but she soon must face terrible dangers in a continent ravaged by the slave trade. The journey to bring her brother home becomes a harrowing adventure to save herself, her family, and the memory of her people.

Meanwhile, in Lisbon, Joseph Mars, an orphan turned petty thief devises a great plan to land himself aboard a slave ship, The Sweet Amelie, on the ultimate quest--to find a pirate's treasure in the far reaches of the Caribbean. But as time passes, he learns he is not alone in his hunger for the treasure, which forces Joseph to rethink the true purpose of his presence aboard The Sweet Amelie.

The destinies of a large cast of characters, including Alma and Joseph, become intertwined both on land and at sea in this unforgettable adventure of resilience and compassion as de Fombelle quietly elucidates the slave trade and the infamous Middle Passage for middle grade and YA readers.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781609457877
ISBN-10: 1609457870
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: August 16th, 2022
Pages: 410
Language: English