Viví en el cerro Mariposa (I Lived on Butterfly Hill, Spanish Edition)
An eleven-year-old’s world is upended by political turmoil in the Spanish language edition of this award-winning book, based on true events in Chile.
Celeste Marconi is a dreamer. She lives peacefully among friends and neighbors and family in the idyllic town of Valparaiso, Chileâ€”until one day when warships are spotted in the harbor and schoolmates start disappearing from class without a word. Celeste doesnâ€™t quite know what is happening, but one thing is clear: no one is safe, not anymore.
The country has been taken over by a government that declares artists, protestors, and anyone who helps the needy to be considered â€œsubversiveâ€ and dangerous to Chileâ€™s future. So Celesteâ€™s parentsâ€”her educated, generous, kind parentsâ€”must go into hiding before they, too, â€œdisappear.â€ Before they do, however, they send Celeste to America to protect her.
As Celeste adapts to her new life in Maine, she never stops dreaming of Chile. But even after democracy is restored to her home country, questions remain: Will her parents reemerge from hiding? Will she ever be truly safe again?
Accented with interior artwork, steeped in the history of Pinochetâ€™s catastrophic takeover of Chile, and based on many true events, this multicultural ode to the power of revolution, words, and love is both indelibly brave and heart-wrenchingly graceful.
|Middle Grade Novels
|Ages 10 to 12, Ages 13 to 15
|Caitlyn Dlouhy Books