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It’s Damn Good to Be a Bad Girl

Kätlin Kaldmaa

  • Illustrator: Jaan Rõõmus
  • Language: Estonian
  • Varrak
  • 2016, 140 pp
  • ISBN: 9789985336397
  • fiction, storybook
  • Age: 10+
Rights sold: Latvian

Eleven-year-old Li’s mother and father are constantly out working in the barn and on the fields of the collective farm. Since Li is the oldest child, she is responsible for keeping an eye on her younger sister Lotta and her little brother Sass. Luckily, her neighbour Taavi – the girl’s best friend – is also around. Left to their own devices, the children are always searching for things to do at home as well as in the nearby forests and meadows. Naturally, not all their adventures unfold safely.

Kätlin Kaldmaa’s memoir-like children’s book is set in rural 1980s Soviet Estonia.

2017 The White Ravens
2016 Good children’s book
2016 Nominee of the Annual Children’s Literature Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia