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  • eBook Edition
    • 978-1-03-917274-6
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    • 978-1-03-917272-2
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 192 pages
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    • 978-1-03-917273-9
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 192 pages
  • Keywords
    • Coming of age story,
    • Divorce from child’s perspective,
    • Unrequited love,
    • Nervous breakdown of parent,
    • Parentified teen,
    • High school prom,
    • Montreal setting

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by Pearl Lee

Seventeen-year-old Nessa Harding’s world—previously filled with light and colour has faded to black and white. Her father, a frustrated poet, has left home. Her mother, a talented seascape painter, is in the midst of a nervous breakdown. Nessa’s one solace, her dog Cocoa, is shipped off to the countryside when she and her mother are forced to move into a pet-free building. To make matters worse, it’s Nessa’s graduating year, she has no idea what she wants to do after high school, and Bryce Sinclair, star of the basketball team, only has eyes for Myla Dornwood. With her three besties—Rosie, Steph, and Tony—carrying on endlessly about prom, Nessa feels more depressed than ever. Set against the backdrop of modern-day Montreal, Zebra-Girl is a powerful and personal story that digs deep into the turmoil of the teen experience, exploring mental health, unrequited love, the opposing desires for independence and aid, and what it means to love someone—really love someone—for exactly who they are.

"A stylish and heartwarming coming-of-age story." — Kirkus Reviews

Pearl Lee is a lifelong storyteller and former teen-in-turmoil. She started writing at an early age, buying a pencil and copybook with her first-ever allowance. Later, she typed mystery stories on a rented typewriter for her sister and cousins. When she’s not writing, Pearl enjoys walking, cycling and reading. Pearl holds graduate degrees in Creative Writing (Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec) and Teaching Reading (Reader Response Theory) and Writing (McGill University, Montreal, Quebec). She was also an active member of the Montreal Storytellers Guild for many years. Pearl currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband Frank Banfield. Frank is the creator of the Vunga tales, a collection of short stories about a mischievous island boy growing up in Grenada. They are both members of the London Writers Society and Canscaip friends. Zebra-girl is Pearl’s first young adult novel. You can contact Pearl at


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