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Tariq lives in a tenement, one that has no lighting or water. Tariq performs poorly at school, he’s long been labeled: he’s the disturbing element, the hopeless one. Jasmine also lives in that tenement, but she’s different from all the other girls: Jasmine studies, she believes in herself, under her headscarf there’s a brilliant brain, while patience and determination are in her gaze. Chances are not the same for everyone, but sometimes life surprises us with sudden swerves, and beauty knows how to reveal itself, even in the harshest context.


Alice Keller was born in Bologna in 1988. After dealing with theatre and music, she devoted herself to children’s literature. She is the author of picture books and novels published by several Italian publishers, including Camelozampa, Sinnos, Mondadori, Giunti and she is one of the founders of the bookshop for children “Momo” in Ravenna.