The Ghosts of Rose Hill

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Pub Date 10 May 2022 | Archive Date Not set
Peachtree, Peachtree Teen

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“A must-read for lost souls everywhere.” Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

Magic will burn you up.


Sent to stay with her aunt in Prague and witness the humble life of an artist, Ilana Lopez—a biracial Jewish girl—finds herself torn between her dream of becoming a violinist and her immigrant parents’ desire for her to pursue a more stable career.
 
When she discovers a forgotten Jewish cemetery behind her aunt’s cottage, she meets the ghost of a kindhearted boy named Benjamin, who died over a century ago. As Ilana restores Benjamin’s grave, he introduces her to the enchanted side of Prague, where ghosts walk the streets and their kisses have warmth.
 
But Benjamin isn't the only one interested in Ilana. Rudolph Wassermann, a man with no shadow, has become fascinated with her and the music she plays. He offers to share his magic, so Ilana can be with Benjamin and pursue her passion for violin. But after Ilana discovers the truth about Wassermann and how Benjamin became bound to the city, she resolves to save the boy she loves, even if it means losing him—forever.
 
With spellbinding verse prose, R.M. Romero channels the spirit of myth into a brilliantly original tale, inspired by her experiences restoring Jewish cemeteries in Eastern Europe.

“A must-read for lost souls everywhere.” Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

Magic will burn you up.


Sent to stay with her aunt in Prague and witness the humble life of an artist, Ilana Lopez—a biracial Jewish...


Advance Praise

“A magical realist romance told in verse explores the many transitions of life: from homelands to new homes, from childhood to adulthood, from life to death and back again. . . . combines modern adolescent concerns, magical realism, and religious themes in pristine verse. An ode to the Diaspora and to the many folktales and myths populating Ilana’s mixed heritage, Romero’s luscious work dives into dark, painful caverns and emerges in sprays of enthralling hope. A must-read for lost souls everywhere.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“A modern Märchen steeped in a century of history. Both the beautiful and the monstrous come to life in gorgeous verse prose and a story that will haunt me for years to come. Absolutely breathtaking.” –Kip Wilson, critically acclaimed author of White Rose

“Filled with lush descriptions and soulful emotion, The Ghosts of Rose Hill doesn’t shy away from delving into the darker side of Prague’s history and lingered with me long after reaching the final page. Readers will find themselves captivated.”–Aden Polydoros, author of The City Beautiful

“A magical realist romance told in verse explores the many transitions of life: from homelands to new homes, from childhood to adulthood, from life to death and back again. . . . combines modern...


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