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Sixteen-year-old Raphaelle says the wrong thing, antagonizes the wrong people and has the wrong attitude. She can't do anything right except draw, but she draws the wrong pictures. When her father moves the family to a small prairie city, Raphaelle wants to make a new start. Reborn as "Ella," she tries to fit in at her new school. She's drawn to Samir, a Muslim boy in her art class, and expresses her confused feelings in explicit art. When a classmate texts a photo of Ella's art to a younger friend, the fallout spreads throughout Ella's life, threatening to destroy her already-fragile family. Told entirely in verse, "Audacious" is a brave, funny and hard-hitting portrait of a girl who embodies the word "audacity."
Publisher: Victoria : Orca Book Publishers, 2013
ISBN: 9781459802643
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 11, 2018

Ella is an aspiring artist who has always been misunderstood. She would say the wrong things about the wrong people, and that has turned her to an easy target for bullying. She then falls for a Palestinian boy named Samir who has enlightened her and caused her to broaden her horizon on so many levels. But pressure is building up back at home and her parents seem to be closed off and unwilling. Her escape is her art and she always wants to create bold, true and controversial pieces. However, one piece was perhaps too controversial when she gets sued for child pornography because she added a picture of her genitalia in her work. This forces her and the people she loves to speak up for what they believe in. This was an emotionally powerful story that would be relatable for so many teenagers around the world. From trauma to heartbreak, and religious views to censorship, this novel incorporates so many controversial and honest themes that will inspire readers. I’m personally not used to stories told in verses, but this was such a beautiful tale that I couldn't put it down. Rating:4.5/5
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NerdyBirdie Dec 17, 2014

A really nice read if you prefer quick reads and verse novels :)


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Dec 20, 2014

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Dec 20, 2014

"Sometimes I ride the dark like a wave.. Sometimes in the dark I drown"


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