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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.