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The Butterfly Clues

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The Butterfly Clues

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"Fascinating. Ellison has the art of page-turning down flat, and readers will be swept up by both the terror--and the romance."
--Booklist, Starred Review

"This book casts a spell over its readers."--SLJ, Starred Review

"An engaging mystery starring a teen girl with obsessive-compulsive disorder. A pleasing mix of realism, tension, intrigue and romance."
--Kirkus Reviews

" . . . a strong, twisty thriller of a debut . . . [with] a complex and memorable heroine."--Publishers Weekly

"Lo's relationship with the mysterious street boy who calls himself Flynt, layered on top of her almost supernatural loneliness and helpless compulsions, gives the novel an otherworldly quality."--VOYA

"A debut worth picking up. Stark and realistic."--RTBooks

Penelope (Lo) Marin has always loved to collect beautiful things. Her dad's consulting job means she's grown up moving from one rundown city to the next, and she's learned to cope by collecting (sometimes even stealing) quirky trinkets and souvenirs in each new place--possessions that allow her to feel at least some semblance of home.

But in the year since her brother Oren's death, Lo's hoarding has blossomed into a full-blown, potentially dangerous obsession. She discovers a beautiful, antique butterfly pendant during a routine scour at a weekend flea market, and recognizes it as having been stolen from the home of a recently murdered girl known only as "Sapphire"--a girl just a few years older than Lo. As usual when Lo begins to obsess over something, she can't get the murder out of her mind.

As she attempts to piece together the mysterious "butterfly clues," with the unlikely help of a street artist named Flynt, Lo quickly finds herself caught up in a seedy, violent underworld much closer to home than she ever imagined--a world, she'll ultimately discover, that could hold the key to her brother's tragic death.

"Fascinating. Ellison has the art of page-turning down flat, and readers will be swept up by both the terror--and the romance."
--Booklist, Starred Review

"This book casts a spell over its readers."--SLJ, Starred Review

"An engaging mystery starring a teen girl with obsessive-compulsive disorder. A pleasing mix of realism, tension, intrigue and romance."
--Kirkus Reviews

" . . . a strong, twisty thriller of a debut . . . [with] a complex and memorable heroine."--Publishers Weekly

"Lo's relationship with the mysterious street boy who calls himself Flynt, layered on top of her almost supernatural loneliness and helpless compulsions, gives the novel an otherworldly quality."--VOYA

"A debut worth picking up. Stark and realistic."--RTBooks

Penelope (Lo) Marin has always loved to collect beautiful things. Her dad's consulting job means she's grown up moving from one rundown city to the next, and she's learned to cope by collecting (sometimes even stealing) quirky trinkets and souvenirs in each new place--possessions that allow her to feel at least some semblance of home.

But in the year since her brother Oren's death, Lo's hoarding has blossomed into a full-blown, potentially dangerous obsession. She discovers a beautiful, antique butterfly pendant during a routine scour at a weekend flea market, and recognizes it as having been stolen from the home of a recently murdered girl known only as "Sapphire"--a girl just a few years older than Lo. As usual when Lo begins to obsess over something, she can't get the murder out of her mind.

As she attempts to piece together the mysterious "butterfly clues," with the unlikely help of a street artist named Flynt, Lo quickly finds herself caught up in a seedy, violent underworld much closer to home than she ever imagined--a world, she'll ultimately discover, that could hold the key to her brother's tragic death.

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  • Lexile:
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  • Interest Level:
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  • Reading Level:
    3 - 4

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About the Author-
  • Kate Ellison trained as an actor in Chicago and has walked across the entire country of Spain. She is a painter and jewelry maker. Kate lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Butterfly Clues is her first novel.

Reviews-
  • Booklist Starred Review

  • "Fascinating. Ellison has the art of page-turning down flat, and readers will be swept up by both the terror--and the romance."
  • SLJ Starred Review
  • "This book casts a spell over its readers."
  • Kirkus Reviews "An engaging mystery starring a teen girl with obsessive-compulsive disorder. A pleasing mix of realism, tension, intrigue and romance."
  • Publishers Weekly " . . . a strong, twisty thriller of a debut . . . [with] a complex and memorable heroine."
  • VOYA "Lo's relationship with the mysterious street boy who calls himself Flynt, layered on top of her almost supernatural loneliness and helpless compulsions, gives the novel an otherworldly quality."
  • RTBooks "A debut worth picking up. Stark and realistic."
  • Lynn Weingarten, author of Wherever Nina Lies and The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers "Poignant and haunting. A gorgeously written debut."
  • Charles Benoit, author of You and Fall from Grace "A clever mystery, an unlikely romance, an edge-of-your-seat thriller and one of the most wonderful books I've read. Here's the only clue you need--read this book and be amazed."
  • Heidi Ayarbe, IRA-winning author of Freeze Frame "With startling insights, lyrical prose, and relentless tension, Butterfly Clues is a courageous, extraordinary first novel."
  • The Princess of Storyland "A stunning and intricately woven debut novel."
  • Jessie, bibliophile... anonymous "A heartfelt mystery with a great, intrepid lead character."
  • Booktwirps "The plot is tightly wound and the story is very compelling. If you are looking for a good mystery, I highly recommend this one."
  • Valen, The Readers Heartstring "Extremely refreshing and interesting and honestly, really really really good."
  • Hopelessl "How on earth do I explain to you how much I loved The Butterfly Clues? It seems like anything I say just won't be enough. This book is amazing."
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