Technical specs

Original title: Mary John
192 pages / 165 x 230 mm
ISBN: 9789898145772 / RRP: 14,90€
1st edition: November 2016

© Rights sold: Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish (Latin America)

(Portuguese edition)

I’ve been writing to you for weeks. I’m not really sure why. I’m not really sure what for. Who are you, Julio the Pirate? I keep thinking about our story. From the very beginning. From our first encounter. From the very first question: “Are you a boy or a girl?”
I am a girl because of you, Julio. I let my hair grow for you, I pierced my ears for you. I live and die for you. Every month when I get my period, I die a little bit and I think of you. You say: “You’re dead!” and I die. I throw myself on the floor.
And I don’t want that anymore. I never want to die again, Julio. I want to live forever. Every minute of every hour of every day.

In a long letter addressed to Julio the Pirate, Mary John reflects on the childhood and teenage years spent on the little square where they both lived.

Between sorrow and humour, Mary John organises her thoughts and emotions, gathering strength to inaugurate a new chapter of her story.

After Supergiant, Ana Pessoa returns with an intense story that magnificently captures adolescence, in a book illustrated by Bernardo P. Carvalho that will conquer all teenage readers and adults that appreciate great literary masterpieces.

Recommended for readers from 14 years on.

 

This book is part of the 2 Steps and a Leap collection.

Technical specs

Original title: Mary John
192 pages / 165 x 230 mm
ISBN: 9789898145772 / RRP: 14,90€
1st edition: November 2016

© Rights sold: Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish (Latin America)

RRP: 14,90€*

13,41
* The final price includes our -10% publisher discount.

Awards and recognitions

Selected — Best books of the year, Banco del Libro, Venezuela (2020)

Recommended — Fundación Cuatrogatos Award (2020)

Recommended — IBBY catalogue for children’s and youth literature, Mexico (2020)

Recommended — Portuguese National Reading List

Selected — White Ravens Catalogue, International Youth Library (2017)

Highly recommended— Category “Portuguese Language Literature”, FNLIJ (Brazil, 2016)

What they say

Mary John represents a massive leap, a perfect shot at the ownership of language and forbidden subjects. It is a juvenile romance very much out of the ordinary that makes its way into romantic seduction and discovering the body and sexuality, without sliding into a vulgar or pseudo-moral tone.

Carla Maia de Almeida, in “O Jardim Assombrado” blog, 09/01/2017 

What makes this novel a first class literary piece is the way it combines the singular with the universal. It dismisses any moral and mainstream socially accepted ideas, telling instead the story of the daughter of a broken marriage, who makes up an ideal special relationship with her neighbour best friend.

Andreia Brites, in “Blimunda” magazine, December 2016

Ana Pessoa once again surprises her readers with an intense, engaging and must-read story. It is a safe space where any teenager will see their reflection and, one that any adult should go and visit. 

“Hipopómatos na Lua” Blog, 22/12/2016

Ana Pessoa encloses all the echoes of this discovery process [of being a teenager] within a rich, flexible prose that breathes adventure — while sticking to a genuine tone, with believable dialogues that are accessible to their target audience. (…)  It is also a recommended for adults, whether as a way to return to their own youth or simply as a literary fulfilment.

José Mário Silva, Expresso newspaper, 30/04/2017