Advanced Search

Add Best Comp

Add comparable title

Remove comparable title

Orca Muslim-Interest through July 2023

By (author): Gabrielle Prendergast
Gabrielle Prendergast


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Trade, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover
Paperback , Trade, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover


Young Adult : Age (years) 12, Grade (CAN) 8 - 12, Grade (US) 8 - 12, Reading age 12
Feb 07, 2017
$14.95 CAD


8.25in x 5.5 x 0.81 in | 440 gr

Page Count:

352 pages
FSC certified – mixed sources C103567
Orca Book Publishers
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Stories in verse|Children’s / Teenage fiction: Relationship stories|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Self-awareness and self-esteem|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Dating, relationships, romance and love|Interest age: from c 12 years|Relating to adolescence / teenage years
North America
jC813/.6 23
CCBC Best Books 2014, Commended Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize finalist 2015, Short-listed
  • Short Description
Ella’s plan to have two secret boyfriends backfires when both boys face separate family crises and Ella is tormented by some girls at her school.
1 girl + 2 boys = 3 broken hearts.

Ella’s grade-eleven year was a disaster (Audacious), but as summer approaches, things are looking up.

She’s back together with her brooding boyfriend, Samir, although they both want to keep that a secret. She’s also best buddies with David and still not entirely sure about making him boyfriend number two. Though part of her wants to conform to high school norms, the temptation to be radical is just too great. Managing two secret boyfriends proves harder than Ella expected, especially when Samir and David face separate family crises, and Ella finds herself at the center of an emotional maelstrom. Someone will get hurt. Someone risks losing true love. Someone might finally learn that self-serving actions can have public consequences. And that someone is Ella.

Gabrielle Prendergast is an award-winning writer, teacher and designer. She has written many books for young people including the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize winner, Zero Repeat Forever and the Westchester Award winner, Audacious. She lives in Vancouver with her family.

"A young adult coming-of-age novel [that] covers a variety of other themes, including homosexuality, drug use, sex, religious prejudice, mental illness, bulimia and bullying. Prendergast is able to allude to these social problems with a sincere and honest voice. She does not drag the novel into some sort of moral sermonizing, nor does she trivialize the issues which Ella and other characters must confront....Prendergast is able to portray complete characters, an intricate plot and a variety of settings with a minimum of words. This has the advantage of allowing readers to use their imaginations to fill in the blanks with details surmised from the poetry...Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine

"Prendergast’s unrhymed verse not only tells the tale, but varies form and line length, the clipped rhythms capturing Ella’s emotional turmoil...Sensitive and compelling." - Kirkus Reviews

"An unexpectedly addictive read...Bitterly real, Ella's bad choices and low self-esteem haunt her as she spirals through life, apparently unable to resist any chance at happiness, regardless of the cost to herself, her image, and to the people she loves...Capricious could be studied in high school as an example of how poetry is so much MORE than rhyming words and difficult interpretations...Prendergast is extraordinary. " - On Page 394 blog

"A quick read, thanks to the format and the dramatic plot. Prendergast varies the style of the narrative, seamlessly integrating rhymed couplets, acrostics, and more...Her candid approach to sex, lies, and friendship should attract a wide audience, especially readers who are drawn to deep and sometimes dark issues." - School Library Journal

"Ella's responses are generally thoughtful and consistently authentic. I like that Ella stands firm in her individuality and owns both her vulnerability and her nonconformity...Capricious could make an excellent independent study text for any high school reader who enjoys poetry, and it should be very popular in the teen section of public libraries." - Resource Links

"Ella is certainly audacious, capricious, and ultimately resilient as she maturely handles her delicate situation with both boys and reclaims her identity. Prendergast's compilation of various verse styles makes Ella's story approachable and poignant." - Booklist

"The poetry is accessible and refreshingly varied, capturing the many moods of Ella as well as the voice of Marika...and the secondary characters are well drawn enough to be participants in Ella's life rather than mere props. Readers who enjoy this will want to pick up the first one as well." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

of 12

Also Available

Like a Hurricane Jonathan Bécotte 9781459835238 $12.95 CAD Feb 14, 2023
Union Sara Cassidy 9781459834477 $12.95 CAD Sep 13, 2022
The Overwood Gabrielle Prendergast 9781459831964 $10.95 CAD Feb 15, 2022
The Wherewood Gabrielle Prendergast 9781459828049 $10.95 CAD Aug 17, 2021
The Crosswood Gabrielle Prendergast 9781459826625 $10.95 CAD Jan 19, 2021
Pinch Me Gabrielle Prendergast 9781459813649 $9.95 CAD Mar 28, 2017
Pandas on the Eastside Gabrielle Prendergast 9781459811430 $10.95 CAD Oct 04, 2016
The Frail Days Gabrielle Prendergast 9781459804647 $9.95 CAD Apr 01, 2015
Audacious Gabrielle Prendergast 9781459802643 $12.95 CAD Apr 01, 2015

Forgotten Password

Please enter your email address and click submit. An email with instructions on resetting your password will be sent to you.

Forgotten Password

An email has been sent out with instructions for resetting your password.