I Lived on Butterfly Hill
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An eleven-year-old’s world is upended by political turmoil in this “lyrically ambitious tale of exile and reunification” (Kirkus Reviews) from an award-winning poet, 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, Chile—until one day when warships are spotted in the harbor and schoolmates start disappearing from class without a word. Celeste doesn’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 “subversive” and dangerous to Chile’s future. So Celeste’s parents—her educated, generous, kind parents—must go into hiding before they, too, “disappear.” 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 Pinochet’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 heartwrenchingly graceful.
From Publishers Weekly
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The story "I Lived On Butterfly Hill" was a book about a girl who had to go into refuge do to a Coupe I her mother land, Chile, which had been taken over by an evil dictator.
The story's moral is that home is where your heart is, weather it is where the Pelicans fly hight over your head, or the seagulls rule the sky, weather you are in a towering yellow house with four feet before your neighbors of an isolated cove. Maine or Valspairo, with the friends you've had for years or the ones you just made. You are home
- Level: Grades 5-9
- Category: Culture, Places & People
- Published: Mar 04, 2014
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
- Seller: SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
- Print Length: 464 Pages
- Language: English