Blue Sky, Butterfly by Jean Van Leeuwen
(Puffin Novel)

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It has been 13 days since Twig's father left home. Angry over her parents' separation and her mother's inertia, Twig struggles with the everyday chores her mother isn't doing. She wonders if she, her brother and her mother will ever feel like a family again. Then Twig invites someone into their lives who creates a new beginning for all of them.
 

About Jean Van Leeuwen

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Jean Van Leeuwen was born in 1937 and grew up in the town of Rutherford, New Jersey. After high school she attended Syracuse University, where she majored in journalism, thinking she would like to work on a magazine. Van leeuwen did work for a magazine briefly, then drifted into book publishing, where she found herself in the world of children¿s books, as an editor. She decided to try her hand at writing children's books and so took a writing class.Eventually, her first book, Timothy's Flower, was published. Since then, Van Leeuwen has written more than forty books. In her spare time she teaches a Writers' Workshop for adults and visit schools to talk about books. She also volunteers in a first-grade classroom, where she helps children with their writing. Van Leeuwen has written books that have won a wide array of honors, including the William Allen White Award, the South Carolina Children¿s Book Award, and the Booklist Editors¿ Choices.
 
Published June 1, 1996 by Dial. 125 pages
Genres: Children's Books. Fiction

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Twig, 11, tries to remove any vestige of her father from her life after her parents separate.

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A small, blue wooden dog lives a (real) dog's life, for a while, in this confusing story.

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After Twig's parents separate, Grandma Ruthie arrives to help heal the family.

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