Stefan Bachmann

COVER REVEAL: Cinders & Sparrows


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*sweeps out cobwebs*


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It’s been ̶a̶ ̶m̶i̶n̶u̶t̶e̶  a year, but I have a new book coming out, weeeeee, and it’s lovely, and I hope people like it. It feels weird to talk about writing and books now when I’ve just kind of forgotten about the internet and ignored everything except Instagram, where all I do is scroll through delectable recipes and post pictures of my bike rides. But anyway. . .

Here it is, the cover for my next book, Cinders and Sparrows! It is beauteous and fair, and I love it. Many thanks to the Balbusso Sisters for the artwork, and Paul Zakris for the book design, and my editor and Greenwillow/HarperCollins for being the best publisher anyone could ever ask for.




Thirteen-year-old Zita Brydgeborne doesn’t know the first thing about being a witch. Then, one moment to the next, she is whisked from being a housemaid in a tiny village to inheriting a castle, an enchanted wood, and entire rooms full of ghosts, treasures, and mysterious secrets.

But Zita soon realizes her newfound fortune comes with a world of trouble. Her long-lost family – a glamorous dynasty of witches who have long stood as a bastion against the lands of the dead – has been murdered, snuffed out by some sinister foe from the spirit realm, and her guardian, the beautiful Mrs. Cantanker, does not seem to have her best interests at heart.

As Zita navigates the perilous halls of her new home, she finds herself thrust into a magical battle of wills between the living and the dead. It will require every ounce of cunning, friendship, and secret power she can find, because whatever killed her family is now after her.

Out October 13th, 2020! (Just in time for Halloween, yas . . . It’s a very Halloween-ish sort of tale, with many ghosts and enchanted trees and heinous curses.)


5 Comments to “COVER REVEAL: Cinders & Sparrows”

  1. Evi says:

    AHHHHHHHH THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD!!! I cannot wait to meet Zita! I’m so, so excited for this book! (And can I just say: the cover is breathtaking.)

    This announcement has just made everything infinitely more bearable.

    I hope you’re allright during these surreal times?

    All the best,

    • stefan says:

      Aww, thanks so much, Evi! These pieces are super fun to write, so I’m really happy you enjoyed them. I’m doing ok, jaaaa. I hope you are, too! 😀

  2. E says:

    Down from the Broom Closet is a brilliant song and made me even more excited for Cinders & Sparrows!

  3. Carley Anne says:

    It’s great to read your blogging again! Happy short story: when I was sixteenish (and I say that like it was manymany years ago–in reality, only six) I had an extreme low attention-span when it came to settling down with a book to read in the library. I’m talking flip-flip nope, put it back. I picked up “The Peculiar,” and actually sat down in this rather uncomfortable wooden chair with a lump in the back and REALLY STARTED READING. When I finished the book, I figured out that the author was a young author, which pleased me and encouraged me very, very much. Like I said, great to read the blog after (counts off on fingers) a long time, and I’m looking forward to reading “Cinders and Sparrows.” Ciao!

    • stefan says:

      Aw, this is a happy short story indeeeed. I’m so happy you liked TP, Carley, and I hope you like Cinders, and ahhhhh, blogging. Here goes again. 🙂 Hopefully I can keep to a regular schedule.

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