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Avery Roe wants only to claim her birthright as the witch of Prince Island and make the charms that have kept the island's sailors safe at sea for generations, but instead she is held captive by her mother in a magic-free life of proper manners and respectability.
Even still, when Avery has a harrowing nightmare, she can see what it means: She will be killed. She will be murdered. And she's never been wrong before.
Desperate to change her future, Avery finds a surprising ally in Tane—a tattooed harpoon boy with magic of his own, who moves her in ways she never expected. But as time runs out to unlock her magic and save herself, Avery discovers that becoming a witch requires unimaginable sacrifice.
Avery walks the knife's edge between choice and destiny in Kendall Kulper's sweeping debut: the story of one girl's fight to survive the rising storm of first love and family secrets.
Praise for SALT & STORM!
"Avery’s understanding of what power means is one of the most intriguing and memorable elements in the novel... The well-developed romance between Tane and Avery is searing." - The Bulletin
"Debut author Kulper’s fictional whaling island, off the Massachusetts coast, pulsates with vibrancy as the author draws from real events and folk tales to illuminate the toil and turmoil of the industrial age, imperceptibly weaving strands of truth into an inventive story of self-sacrifice and sorcery." - Publishers Weekly
"Kulper’s debut seamlessly blends fantasy elements with the more realistic life of a whaling settlement during the 19th-century…The author portrays [the characters] as real, flawed, and multidimensional; teens will learn to love and root for them." - School Library Journal
"[A] sensuous fantasy for fans of watery paranormals." - Kirkus
"Debut author Kulper infuses her atmospheric novel with richly detailed descriptions of whaling in nineteenth-century New England, and through tenacious Avery’s lyrical first-person narrative, she explores poignant themes of destiny, sacrifice, and free will." - Booklist
"With achingly beautiful prose, Kulper has crafted an intricately knotted story of love and revenge, legacy and sacrifice, destiny and freedom." - American Booksellers Association, Indies Introduce New Voices
"Salt & Storm is a coming of age story in the classic sense. Set in a small, traditional whaling village, Kulper beautifully and lovingly captures the dark majesty of whales, the menace of the sea and the struggles of a young, headstrong girl battling forces both natural, and supernatural, to find her own power, and her own voice, and discovering through the journey the joys and searing pain of first love." - Kathleen Kent, New York Times Bestselling author of The Outcasts and The Herectic's Daughter
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SALT & STORM
by Kendall Kulper
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 23, 2014