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Audacious

Told entirely in verse, Gabrielle Prendergast's young adult book is about an artistic girl who doesn't fit in.

Gabrielle Prendergast

There's nothing about 16-year-old Raphaelle that fits in. Not her body, not her hair, not her clothes, and definitely not her attitude. Everything she says offends someone. Everything she does is wrong. Especially her art, even though she knows she's good at it. So when her family moves to a small Prairie city, Raphaelle decides to remake herself as "Ella" and vows to fit in at her school. But a brooding boy in her art class rocks Ella's new world, as hard as she may try to be a "normal" girl. Can she put the pieces back together? Written entirely in verse, Audacious is just that — a daring story of a girl who struggles with her own artistic impulses and individuality.

Audacious is for readers ages 12 and up.

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I will leave behind

The paralyzing nightmares

The smell of whiskey


The callous concrete

The sound of a locking door

My insolvent heart


So easily led

Seduced by their Siren smiles

Their swift promises.


Things not remembered

Entirely accurately

Not quite understood


The things I'd rather

Not memorialize in

A journey eastward


I discard, reject

Purge from my mind and soul so

My reinvention


Can begin.


From Audacious by Gabrielle Prendergast ©2013. Published by Orca Books.

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