Technical specs

Original title: O caderno vermelho da rapariga karateca
144 pages / 165 x 230 mm
ISBN: 9789898145451 / RRP: 14€
1st edition: June 2012
4th reprint: July 2017

© Rights sold: Brazilian Portuguese

The karate girl’s red notebook

(Portuguese edition)

N is not a baby, she is a Karate girl.

N is 14, almost 15, and her biggest dream is to become a black belt and to kiss Raul.

N likes to write, but she prefers to fight with Raul. (Writing is a drag).

This is not a diary. It has no lock, no secrets.
(Yes, it does have secrets.) It also has a will of its own, moving pages, words like ‘diarrhoea’ and ‘romantic’ and characters like the wicked witch who wants to learn to be good and the fly who doesn’t know who it is.

This is the karate girl’s red notebook. N’s favourite object, it is a pet, a character, a real person.
(What is the truth anyway?)

The Karate girl’s red notebook is Ana Pessoa’s first book. It won the Branquinho da Fonseca – Expresso / Gulbenkian prize in 2012. This was the first title of Planeta Tangerina’s Two Steps and a Leap collection, aimed at more grown-up readers.

Technical specs

Original title: O caderno vermelho da rapariga karateca
144 pages / 165 x 230 mm
ISBN: 9789898145451 / RRP: 14€
1st edition: June 2012
4th reprint: July 2017

© Rights sold: Brazilian Portuguese

RRP: 14€*

12,60
* The final price includes our -10% publisher discount.

Awards and recognitions

Highly recommended— Category “Portuguese Language Literature”, FNLIJ (Brazil, 2015)

Winner — Category “Young Adult” at Prémio Branquinho da Fonseca, Expresso/Gulbenkian (2011)

Recommended — Portuguese National Reading Plan

What they say

Fresh, unpretentious, fun, full of rhythm and grace, pleasing to read. It puts the young writer out there as someone who is capable of putting together her own personal projects. It was an honor for me to be one of the members of the board choosing this book as the winner of the Branquinho da Fonseca Award.

Ana Maria Magalhães, Branquinho da Fonseca Award jury

Ana Pessoa created a piece of literature with an engaging irony, an unpretentious rhythm and unexpected autobiographic grac. Halfway between a journal and a chronicle, sharp and funny, with a boiling personality, complex and balanced transitions, uneasy, deep, light and silly with the right amount of reliability.

It’s a hard task, that of a writer who writes for children: to be genuine while writing in the first person, about a time that “already but not yet”, with no easy solutions or worn out stereotypes.

The illustration work by Bernardo P Carvalho keeps up with the narrative and carries it, reveals and hides, balances and resumes, giving its the emotions more consistency and letting them breathe.

Paula Pina, blog Cria Cria

The karate girl’s red notebook is a book about N, a girl — ups, not a girl, a karate girl! – who buys a notebook and decides to write down her thoughts and observations. It’ll feed your mind, heart and eyes.

Isabela Noronha, website Garatujas fantásticas, May 2013