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Zeleni pas

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On the postcard with the title of the novel there are 4 postmarks with the names of the awards awarded to the book.
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Title in English: 
The green dog
Author: 
Nada Mihelčić
Place of publication: 
Zagreb
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Publisher: 
Alfa
Series: 
Knjiga za mladež
Year of publication: 
2013
Pages: 
171p.
Size: 
16x22
ISBN: 
978-953-297-467-6
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Zeleni pas is a novel about the drug abuse and addiction of a 17-year –old girl, although she is not the main character of the book. The emphasis instead is on all those devastating consequences that addiction leaves primarily on the siblings of a young drug addict, which is (in real life) quite often forgotten and overlooked. It is an extremely well-paced and easy to read novel with cheerful moments and witty dialogues. At the same time it avoids pathetic messages, warnings and condemnations, so young readers are given enough space to reach their own conclusion, thus is no longer perceived as an 'external pressure'.
Nada Mihelčić was born in 1946 in Zagreb. Thanks to her long-time hobby (rock climbing) and her job ( she worked for nearly ten years in a small London firm), she travelled a lot and had interesting encounters with various people from all over the world. Upon returning to Zagreb she worked in a publishing company and began publishing short stories for children in 1984. Her first novel Bilješke jedne gimnazijalke ( A schoolgirl's notes, 2001) is included in the school reading programme. In 2010 Zeleni pas received three prestigious national awards and one regional for children's literature.