When the Butterflies Came by Kimberley Griffiths Little

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A moving story of a young girl's struggle with love, loss, family, and magic from the beyond, from critically acclaimed author Kimberley Griffiths Little.
Everybody thinks Tara Doucet has the perfect life. But Tara’s life is anything but perfect: Her dear Grammy Claire has just passed away, her mom is depressed and distant, and she and her sister, Riley, can’t agree on anything. But when mysterious and dazzling butterflies begin to follow her around after Grammy Claire’s funeral, Tara knows in her heart that her grandmother has left her one final mystery to solve. Tara finds a stack of keys and detailed letters from Grammy Claire. Note by note, Tara learns unexpected truths about her grandmother’s life. As the letters grow more ominous and the clues harder to decipher, Tara realizes that the secrets she must uncover could lead to grave danger. And when Tara and Riley are swept away to the beautiful islands of Chuuk to hear their grandmother’s will, Tara discovers the most shocking truth of all, one that will change her life forever. Kimberley Griffiths Little weaves a magical, breathtaking mystery full of loss and love, family and faith.
 

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Kimberley Griffiths Little is the author of two previous novels and is the recipient of the Southwest Book Award. The author lives in Albuquerque, NM.
 
Published April 1, 2013 by Scholastic Press. 336 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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The day following her grandmother's funeral, butterflies begin visiting grieving 12-year-old Tara, who's swept into a bizarre mystery involving her grandmother, butterflies and a small Pacific island.

Mar 18 2013 | Read Full Review of When the Butterflies Came

Gr 4–7—Her beloved Granny's death leaves 12-year-old Tara with a trail of cryptic letters, clues, and keys having something to do with the unusual butterflies appearing in her family's run-down Louisiana mansion. So begins a choppy, too-big-too-be-true adventure ultimately encompassing the child'...

Apr 01 2013 | Read Full Review of When the Butterflies Came

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