Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett

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In masterful prose, the author of Surrender tells a quiet but powerful tale of the shifting bonds and psychological perils of adolescence. Plum Coyle is on the edge of adolescence. Her fourteenth birthday is approaching: her old life and her old body will fall away, and she will become graceful, powerful, at ease. The strength of the objects she stores in a briefcase under her bed—a crystal lamb, a yoyo, an antique watch, a penny—will make sure of it. Over the next couple of weeks, Plum's life will change. Her beautiful neighbor Maureen will begin to show Plum how she might fly. The older brothers she adores—charismatic Justin and enigmatic Cydar—will court catastrophe in worlds that she barely knows exist. And her friends—her worst enemies—will tease and test, smelling weakness. They will try to lead her on and take her down. Butterfly is a gripping, disquieting, beautifully observed coming-of-age novel by an acclaimed author at the top of her form.

About Sonya Hartnett

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Sonya Hartnett is an internationally acclaimed author of many award-winning novels, including THURSDAY'S CHILD, WHAT THE BIRDS SEE, STRIPES OF THE SIDESTEP WOLD, THE SILVER DONKEY, THE GHOST's CHILD, BUTTERFLY, and the Michael L. Printz Honor Book SURRENDER. She was the winner of the 2008 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world's largest award for lifetime achievement in children's and youth literature. Sonya Hartnett lives in Australia.Andrea Dezsö is a visual artistwho works across a broad range of media including drawing, cutpaper, embroidery, sculpture,installation, animation, and large-scale murals. She is Assistant Professor of Art at Hampshire College in Amherst, MAand lives in Amherst and New York City.
Published August 24, 2010 by Candlewick. 238 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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From time to time, Plum and her brothers lapse into sophisticated commentaries on themselves.

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