Thirteen-year-old Pia doesn't know her father, but she desperately wants to meet him. So she sends a letter to his home in far-off Italy. After she mails that one little letter, Pia's world turns upside down. But as she explores art, poetry, and New York City - and even makes her way to Italy to meet her mysterious papa - her world starts to right itself.In this powerful and heartfelt story, Pia tries hard to forgive and love her imperfect family, and along the way blossoms into a wise and worldly young woman.
MARISABINA RUSSO has written and illustrated many picture books for children. "A Portrait of Pia" is her second novel for young readers. She lives inthe Hudson Valley. "