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Blood, Water, Paint by Joy McCullough

When she was twelve, Artemisia lost her mother and had to choose between being sent to a convent or staying to help her father with his painting. She chose to stay, and soon moved from grinding pigments to showing far more talent than her father. But Rome in the fifteenth century did not offer opportunities for women. Despite having her father’s name signed on her paintings, Artemisia is happy enough to enjoy her art. When her father brings in a tutor to teach her about perspective, she is thrilled. But both men have ulterior motives—motives that will threaten to break Artemisia.

Told primarily in verse, this beautiful tale blends history, art, and social issues. Artemisia is a strong woman who does not shy away from either seeing the world and all its flaws, or speaking out against them. Recommended for mature readers in high school and up.

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