The Sterkarm Handshake by Susan Price

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The Sterkarms have plundered the border between Scotland and England for generations. Suddenly intruders, calling themselves Elves, want the Sterkarms to stop their violent ways.

The Elves, time travelers from the 21st century, have found a way back to the 16th century and plan to do their own plundering of the land's rich natural resources. Their only mistake is foolishly underestimating the Sterkarms themselves.

For Andrea Mitchell, an anthropologist working among the Sterkarms, none of this matters. In love with Per -- a young Sterkarm warrior -- and feted as a beautiful Elf-May, she's never known such happiness in her own time.

But when Per receives a deadly injury, Andrea's decision to take him into the 21st century to save him has explosive results. Per, seeing how powerful and destructive the Elves truly are, swears to keep them from his land forever. And in the bloody battle that ensues, Andrea must finally choose whose side she is on.

The Sterkarm Handshake is a stirring tale of a clash of two cultures, beautifully told by master storyteller Susan Price.

Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL)


About Susan Price

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Published October 1, 2000 by HarperCollins Publishers. 448 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A Sterkarm Kiss by Susan Price 320pp, Scholastic, £12.99 When HG Wells's time traveller boarded his machine he travelled from the 19th century to the future in a spirit of scientific curiosity.

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A follow-up to The Sterkarm Handshake (which PW called ""a gripping time-travel adventure""), A Sterkarm Kiss by Susan Price finds Andrea Mitchell returning to ""16th side"" (aka 16th-century)-albeit to a slightly different dimension where familiar people (namely her beloved Per, introduced in th...

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Making matters even more complicated, Per and Andrea, an FUP employee sent back in time to live with the Sterkarms, have fallen in love.

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Fantasy Literature

The novel that preceded this, The Sterkarm Handshake was an explosive, riveting and nail-biting story based around the concept of the cultural clash that would follow 21st century time travelers attempting to exploit the riches and opportunities that the past had to offer.

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