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Pardalita

Joana Estrela ; Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Levine Querido
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16 year-old Raquel lives in a small town in Portugal, the kind of place where everyone knows everyone else's business. Her parents have separated – she doesn't like her new stepmother, or the fact that her mother is always away for work – and two ...
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16 year-old Raquel lives in a small town in Portugal, the kind of place where everyone knows everyone else's business. Her parents have separated – she doesn't like her new stepmother, or the fact that her mother is always away for work – and two best friends, Luisa and Luisa's boyfriend Fred. She's just been suspended for cursing out a school aide asking about her father's new marriage.

In steps Pardalita. Another girl at school, a senior and a gifted artist, who's moving to Lisbon to study in the fall. The two girls get to know each other while working on a play. And Raquel falls in love.

From author/artist Joana Estrela comes Pardalita, a beautiful slice-of-life story that is This One Summer meets Ursula K. Le Guin's Very Far Away from Anywhere Else, told in flashbacks and present day action. Using a gorgeous blend of prose, illustrations, and graphic novel format, Estrela captures the feeling of being a teenager in a way that feels gentle, joyful, and real.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6 X 8 V
Publication Date: 04/18/2023
ISBN: 9781646142569

Joana Estrela was born in Penafield, Portugal in 1990. She started drawing family portraits at an early age, writing funny subtitles to go along with. Her methods haven't changed a lot since – what motivates her to start a book is still the joy that comes with it. She is a graduate of the Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto and has won awards in her home country for both her picture books and her graphic novels. 

Lyn Miller-Lachmann is an author, translator, teacher, and librarian. Her books for teens and young readers include Gringolandia, Surviving Santiago, Rogue, and She Persisted: Temple Grandin. As an adult, she was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and delves into her diagnosis often in her writing. She lives in New York City.