Hannah Sauerteig, a third grader at the Westminster Schools, became one of the youngest authors in the country with her new book “Adventures of Rose: Life Lessons.”
It follows the path of a young girl with curly red hair named Rose who experiences life’s ups and downs. “The book is filled with life lessons. It is supposed to help children like me learn lessons that will help them later in their lives,” Hannah told the AJT.
The story follows Rose’s various experiences, such as visiting the zoo and learning to face her fears.
Hannah began writing with inspiration from her family. “My great-uncle, who is also an author, wanted to write a mystery. I wanted to help him. Instead, while he wrote his mystery, I wrote my own pieces,” she said.
Eight years old, she is creative in many ways. “Hannah is a precocious and kind girl, who has a passion for writing, from songs to stories,” said Emily Sauerteig, Hannah’s mother.
Last year, Hannah wondered why there were so few Chanukah songs, so she composed the “Best Hanukkah Ever,” available on iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music. In the song, Hannah sings in a youthful, upbeat voice about Chanukah traditions.
“You will know it’s the right song because the picture of the single is a picture of Hannah with a menorah,” Emily said. “There is a pop version and an acoustic version. … It is festive and snappy. Her next few singles will be released over the coming weeks.” Hannah’s new songs “Celebrate” and “You and Me” will also be available soon on iTunes.
“As a publisher for 34 years, having produced hundreds of books (seven best-sellers and a Pulitzer Prize winner), it is my rare pleasure to publish a book by an 8-year-old,” said William Dorich of GM Books.
“Hannah Sauerteig is a gifted young girl in numerous ways. She is very active, involved in all aspects of life and a happy member of a typical American family in Atlanta. She has a younger brother, owns a dog and two fish. When Hannah is not writing, her passion is reading, which comes as no surprise, in view of her eagerness to become an author.
“Hannah plays tennis, attends dance class and plays guitar. She currently has several of her original songs on iTunes. My great pleasure was discovering this young talent and to be her first publisher. The Chinese have a wonderful saying, ‘A journey begins with the first step,’ and we all get to travel on her first journey (with young readers).”
Hannah’s new book is available on Amazon and at www.gmbooks.com.
Her newest song is available on iTunes, www.itunes.apple.com/album/id1485211604?ls=1&app=itunes.