You may shed a tear when you read this book.

What the Wind Can Tell You by Sarah Marie A. Jette is both distressing and inspiring. You may, as I did, shed a few tears along the way. Published by Islandport Press, Sarah’s novel was written for teenagers as well as adults, and there are some important life’s lessons here.

Isabelle Perez is a middle-schooler whose brother, Julian, is burdened with a severe form of epilepsy. He’s in a wheelchair and suffers many seizures every day. Isabelle loves and cherishes her brother, but is frustrated that his meds keep him sleeping most of the time and unable to interact with her.

Then a miracle occurs, taking Isabelle and a fully-functioning Julian into a magical place called Las Brisas every night while their parents sleep. They enjoy adventures is some amazing places, as well as close to home.

There are several other interesting characters in this story, including an aunt and grandfather. But it’s Isabelle and Julian you will never forget. Just have a tissue ready as you read this wonderful story.

Sarah grew up in Lewiston, served in the Peace Corps, and now teaches fourth graders. She lives in Belmont, Massachusetts. This is her first novel, and I can only hope she’s writing another one now, because she is a great story teller.

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.