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Queens of All the Earth by Hannah Sternberg
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bookshelves: slj-review, 2011, realistic-fiction, young-adult
Read from October 23 to November 16, 2011

Sternberg, Hannah. Queens of All the Earth. 160p. Bancroft. 2011. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-1-61088-019-0; pap. $12.99. ISBN 978-1-61088-032-9; ebook $6.99. ISBN 978-1-61088-033-6. LC number unavailable.

Gr 9 Up--Instead of starting her freshman year at Cornell, Olivia Somerset has a nervous breakdown. After several months, though, she has recovered enough to go with her older, sister, Miranda, on a therapeutic journey to Barcelona. Once they arrive at their hostel, they are mistakenly given a room in a coed dorm rather than the private room Miranda had requested. Mr. Brown and his son, Greg, come to the rescue and change accommodations with the Somersets. Olivia feels an immediate attraction to Greg, but Miranda thinks that the Browns are strange and she tries to protect her sister by controlling what they do on vacation and with whom. At the same time, Olivia is struggling to come to terms with the burdens of adulthood and her feelings for Greg. This first novel was inspired by E. M. Forster's A Room with a View, and its title and the chapter headings have been taken from e. e. cummings's poetry. Lines from his work are also intertwined with the story. Some teens may find the lengthy descriptions and the poetry distracting, but others may enjoy Sternberg's knack for making Barcelona sound like an enchanting place in which to fall in love.--Shannon Seglin, Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA


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Seglin, Shannon. "Sternberg, Hannah. Queens of all the earth." School Library Journal Jan. 2012: 130. General Reference Center GOLD. Web. 26 Jan. 2012.
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