Title: When the Butterflies Came
Author: Kimberley Griffiths Little
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pub Date: 04/01/13
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: There wasn't much dialogue, because Tara was alone most of the time, so you knew what was going on through her thoughts. The plot was just okay, because for the first half of the book, I felt the author didn't know where the book was going, so plot didn't really start 'til halfway through the book.
Memorable or Forgettable: I loved the idea; it was unique. I really, really liked all the twists in the book, which kept you hooked on the book.
Cover: Yes, it did, because I always love really pretty book covers and this one hit the mark.
Age Range: under 12 through 13
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal
Annotation: Tara's grandmother has just died and her life is falling apart. The house she lives in is a wreck and so is her mother. But then she starts to find these letters that her grandmother left for her, so she could solve the mystery of the butterflies. The first clue tells Tara that she and her sister, Riley, will go to live in her grandma's old house. There at the house, there are a ton of more clues about the butterflies.
tags: fantasy / mystery / contemporary / childrens / middle grade / ya lit