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Salt & Storm
Kulper, Kendall, author.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
Physical Description:
398 pages ; 22 cm
"Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants to take her rightful place as the sea witch of Prince Island. When she foresees her own murder, a harpoon boy named Tane promises to help her change her fate and keep her island safe and prosperous, but salvation will require an unexpected sacrifice"--
Reading Level:
1020 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.2 16.0 168925.
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A sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder--and the one boy who can help change her future.
Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island's whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery dreams she's to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself.
Avery finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane--a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers her magic requires a sacrifice she never prepared for.

Author Notes

Kendall Kulper grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in Boston with her husband, daughter, and dog. She graduated from Harvard University, where she studied history and literature. Thanks to Salt & Storm and Drift & Dagger , she knows more about nineteenth-century whaling than she ever imagined.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Avery Roe, who can predict the future from dreams, comes from a long line of magical women, and she is destined to become the witch of Prince Island, a small whaling community in New England. But before her grandmother can teach her the spells passed down through generations of witches, her mother who chose a life far away from magic and the witch's cottage on the rocky shore takes her away and warns her of the sacrifices a Roe woman must make to become the witch. Avery is determined, however, and she recruits the help of a handsome, magically gifted Polynesian boy, Tane, who promises that he can help her overcome her mother's powerful curse and fulfill her destiny. But the closer she gets to Tane, the more her mother's haunting warnings begin to ring true. 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.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe always thought she would continue her family's line, doling out spells and magical charms as the sea witch of Prince Island. That was before her mother forced her into a traditional Victorian upbringing and the dull life of a pastor's stepdaughter. After Avery predicts her own murder through a dream, she makes increasingly desperate attempts to untangle her family secrets and unleash her magic. While Avery's otherness sets her apart from the natives, she finds an ally in Tane, a harpoon boy with tattoos that carry powers of their own. Their tragic love story is just part of Avery's transformation from captive daughter to a woman who can guide not just her own life, but the very wind and sea that surround her home. 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. Ages 12-up. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe's destiny is to become the next witch of Prince Island. It's the 1860s and Avery is descended from a long line of witches that use their magic to keep the island's whaling men safe at sea. When the protagonist turned 12, before fully unlocking her magic, her mother dragged her away from her training at her grandmother's cottage to raise Avery in town to be a proper society lady without magic. A Roe witch cannot be killed but can be maimed. Avery's once-beautiful mother was severely beaten and left with a devastating facial scar before Avery was born. To protect Avery from this fate, her mother cast a spell that prevents the girl from ever leaving town to see her grandmother. The teen has the gift of accurately interpreting dreams. After repeatedly dreaming of being a slaughtered whale, Avery knows her fate and despairs of ever escaping to fully master her magic and prevent her death. Then she meets tattooed Tane, a harpooner from an island near New Zealand, who comes looking for answers to help him avenge his murdered family. He believes his powerful magic can help Avery break her mother's spell. Kulper's debut seamlessly blends fantasy elements with the more realistic life of a whaling settlement during the 19th-century. This unusual fantasy isn't a quick read. It's long and the characters are not instantly likable, but they do grow on patient readers because the author portrays them as real, flawed, and multidimensional; teens will learn to love and root for them.-Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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