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.

16-year-old Raquel lives in a small town in Portugal, the kind of place where everyone knows everyone else's business. Her parents are divorced and she's just been suspended for cursing out a school aide asking about her father's new marriage. She has two best friends, Luísa and Fred, but wants something more. Then, from afar, she sees Pardalita, 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. Using a gorgeous blend of prose poems, illustrations, and graphic novel format, Estrela captures the feeling of being a teenager in a way that feels gentle, joyful, and real.--from the publisher.

244 pages                   9781646142552                            Ages 14 and up

Keywords:  graphic novel, romance, LGBTQ, coming of age, Portugal, Europe, 13 year old, 14 year old, 15 year old


Quando Raquel nos começa a contar a sua história, Pardalita já entrou na sua vida. Não de rompante, mas lenta e subtilmente, primeiro nos corredores da escola, depois nos ensaios do teatro. Raquel só a conhece de vista, mas conta os dias para a voltar a encontrar e começa a reparar em pequeníssimas coisas — como a etiqueta da camisola de Pardalita que lhe toca a pele do pescoço. Raquel começa a perguntar-se: "Qual é a distância a que se pode estar de alguém sem dar a entender que não se quer distância nenhuma?---from the publisher

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