Summer of Stolen Secrets (Hardcover)

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A city girl spends the summer in the South and learns the secrets of her estranged extended family.

Catarina has never met her strict Jewish grandmother. But now, with an opportunity to spend three weeks in Baton Rouge and away from her best-friends-turned-bullies, Cat packs her bags and leaves New York City to get to know the woman who has always been a mystery. Down South, she begins working at her grandmother's luxury department store with her rebellious cousin Lexie. Nothing seems to be going right and nobody talks about the past. But just when Cat is starting to think that this whole trip may have been a huge mistake, she stumbles onto a secret from a time her grandmother refuses to speak of. Suddenly Cat's summer, and everything she thought she knew, has changed.

Award-winning author Julie Sternberg tells a tender family story full of humor, heart, and heartbreak that reveals the power of forgiveness and proves it's never too late to start over.

About the Author

Julie Sternberg is the bestselling author of the Eleanor series, which includes Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie, a Texas Bluebonnet Award Master list selection and a Gryphon Award winner. Before becoming a writer, Julie worked as a public interest lawyer. Please visit her at

Praise For…

"This thoughtful story is at times melancholy and at times delightfully deadpan. ... Sweet and memorable." --Kirkus Reviews

“An engaging realistic fiction novel about family trauma and healing that will have readers turning pages and wanting more. A solid purchase for ­libraries.” --School Library Journal

“Much of the charm of this intergenerationally focused story comes from Cat’s humorous epistolary narrative. The autobiographical and emotional roots of Sternberg’s (the Eleanor series) novel rise on the pages, making for a sensitive heroine and a tenderhearted tale sprinkled with Jewish and Creole history.” –-Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593203644
ISBN-10: 059320364X
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 11th, 2021
Pages: 288
Language: English