By Gabrielle Prendergast

Orca Book Publishers, Hardcover, 9781459805309, 336pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

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."

About the Author
GABRIELLE PRENDERGAST teaches screenwriting and creative writing and has written for television, print, and online. She lives in Vancouver, BC, with her cricket-mad husband and daughter.