I Lived On Butterfly Hill

I Lived On Butterfly Hill Book Cover Celeste, an insightful, curious sixth-grader living in Valparaiso, Chile, leads an idyllic life. She is the daughter of two doctors, lives in a loving multigenerational household with her Nana Delfina, a nanny, and her Abuela Frida, goes to school with good friends, and is inspired by the things she sees outside her window on Butterfly Hill. Her world is turned upside down when Valparaiso begins to feel the tremors of rule by a ruthless dictator; these tremors are referred to as “earthquakes of the soul” by Celeste’s mother. Celeste’s parents go into hiding, her friends and neighbors begin to disappear without warning, and finally she flees to Juliette Cove in Maine to stay with her Tia Graciela. There she remains for over two years awaiting the news that the dictator has been overthrown. Finally she can return to her beloved homeland. Based on the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in the 1970s, this novel is full of imagery and poetic language. Watercolor, ink, and digital illustrations are sprinkled sparingly throughout this compelling novel that combines the author’s personal experience with history. cc
Title: I Lived On Butterfly Hill
Author: Marjorie Agosin
Illustrator
: Lee White
Publisher
: Antheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, New York
Copyright
: 2014
Original language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-4169-5344-9
Hardcover pages
: 454
Age range
: 10-14
Genre
: Historical fiction
Book setting
: Valparaiso, Chile; Maine, United States
Author’s ethnicity
: Chilean
Author’s residence
: Massachusetts, United States
Illustrator’s residence
: United States
Awards:  2015 Pura Belpre (Author) Award
Subjects
: Chile, Refugees, Separation, South America, Valparaiso

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