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  • Bulfinch: A Novel
    by Hannah Sternberg

    Named a Notable Teen Book for 2014 by Shelf Unbound Magazine 

    When a knight and a monk spring from the pages of Rosie’s book, the only people more astonished than the reclusive PhD student are her time-traveling visitors. 

    Cooped up in a house-turned-museum since the long-ago disappearance of her parents, Rosie is now forced out into the world as her guests wreak havoc on her Baltimore neighborhood. 

    As Rosie tries to figure out how to return the errant duo to their home in history, she begins to uncover why her parents vanished without a trace seven years earlier. But her eccentric Uncle Alvin threatens to stand in her way, before she can discover the truth about Bulfinch and her own childhood. 

    By turns funny and tender, adventurous and thoughtful, Bulfinch is a whimsical tale about getting lost in a book -- and finding your way out again. 

    Hannah Sternberg is also the author of Queens of All the Earth, which was praised by Kirkus Reviews as “modern and exuberant.” 

    PRAISE FOR BULFINCH 

    "Told with a playful sense of whimsy, Bulfinch is a time-traveling delight full of humor, conflict, and a poignant introduction to the realities of adulthood." - Karen Lyon, Hill Rag 

    “I was astonished at the depth of emotion conveyed in the book. I felt the same way after reading Queens of All the Earth. Sternberg has such a talent for examining and sharing these deep, deep emotions in such a way that readers get swept up in them as well. The word that came to mind when I read this book was delicious. I felt like I was devouring it and that it was just delicious.” 
    -Allie Duzett, author of The Body Electric 

    “I’m a sucker for books about knights and monks, and in this delightful tale, a suitably belligerent knight and dreamy monk help a very modern girl solve her very mysterious problems in a very medieval way. Highly recommended.” 
    -H.W. Crocker III, author of The Old Limey 

    “Meticulously researched, through nifty writing and the art of fantasy, Sternberg brings a couple of characters from the Middle Ages to the present and to life. A terrific read.” 
    -Gary Alexander, author of the Buster Hightower mystery series

     
  • Queens of All the Earth
    by Hannah Sternberg

    As her freshman classmates move into dorms at Cornell University, Olivia Somerset suffers a nervous breakdown. Big sister Miranda decides the sisters should fly off to Barcelona for some vacation therapy. When a mistake at their Barcelona hostel leaves the Somersets in a large co-ed dorm room, Olivia and Miranda are saved by kindly Mr. Brown and his son Greg. But while Olivia feels an instant connection with brooding Greg Brown, Miranda sides with fellow guest and cocky American travel writer Lenny—the Browns are just plain weird, and must be avoided at all costs. Inspired by E. M. Forster's classic novel A Room with a View, debut author Hannah Sternberg's Queens of All the Earthis a poetic journey of young love and self-awakening set against the beauty of Catalonia. Adults and teenagers alike will be riveted and moved by this literary coming-of-age novel about the conflicting hearts and minds of two very different sisters.

    NEW: Interview with Hannah Sternberg on Queens of All the Earth, writing, and travel. Read it here.

    "It’s an intimate novel. ...Sternberg captures the tension between romantic imagination  and the exhaustion, confusion, and hundreds of tiny inconveniences of traveling abroad. The characters, and the interactions between them, are keenly observed...I can see this one sitting on a hostel shelf somewhere itself and being read many, many times."

    - Draw Explosions blog
    Read the full review here

    "There is a poetic note in this book which is very beautiful and brings a sweetness and a very romantic side to the narrative. Un livre qui se lit vite et facilement et qui séduira les âmes sensibles à la fragilité humaine [A tale that will seduce souls in love with human frailty]."

    - Read Your Dreams blog
    Read the full review here

    "The very first thing that I noticed about this book was the exquisite description that flows throughout it. ... I loved this book, plain and simple. ... It was a truly innocent book, and it had a feeling to it of that childhood love and sweetness ... the book left me with a warm feeling inside that I'm sure won't go away for a while."

    - Atheneum book blog
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    "Queens of All the Earth was a whimsical and heart-warming coming of age novel. It was a spectacular effort for a debut novel...It had a sweetness and a purity that I have rarely come across in YA fiction. Instead of focusing on the trivialities of lust, sex and peer pressure, Sternberg created an amazing coming-of-age story that reminded me of Perks of Being a Wallflower in its sincerity."

    - Raiding Bookshelves blog
    Read the full review here