The Butterfly Clues (EBK)

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Egmont USA, Feb 14, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 336 pages
24 Reviews
“Fascinating. Ellison has the art of page-turning down flat, and readers will be swept up by both the terror—and the romance.”
Booklist, Starred Review
 
“This book casts a spell over its readers.”—SLJ, Starred Review
 
“An engaging mystery starring a teen girl with obsessive-compulsive disorder. A pleasing mix of realism, tension, intrigue and romance.”
Kirkus Reviews

“ . . . a strong, twisty thriller of a debut . . . [with] a complex and memorable heroine.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Lo’s relationship with the mysterious street boy who calls himself Flynt, layered on top of her almost supernatural loneliness and helpless compulsions, gives the novel an otherworldly quality.”—VOYA
 
“A debut worth picking up. Stark and realistic.”—RTBooks


Penelope (Lo) Marin has always loved to collect beautiful things. Her dad's consulting job means she's grown up moving from one rundown city to the next, and she's learned to cope by collecting (sometimes even stealing) quirky trinkets and souvenirs in each new place--possessions that allow her to feel at least some semblance of home.

But in the year since her brother Oren's death, Lo's hoarding has blossomed into a full-blown, potentially dangerous obsession. She discovers a beautiful, antique butterfly pendant during a routine scour at a weekend flea market, and recognizes it as having been stolen from the home of a recently murdered girl known only as "Sapphire"--a girl just a few years older than Lo. As usual when Lo begins to obsess over something, she can't get the murder out of her mind.

As she attempts to piece together the mysterious "butterfly clues," with the unlikely help of a street artist named Flynt, Lo quickly finds herself caught up in a seedy, violent underworld much closer to home than she ever imagined--a world, she'll ultimately discover, that could hold the key to her brother's tragic death.
 

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The ending was contrived. - Goodreads
The writing was what really bothered me, not the story. - Goodreads
And the ending was just what I needed after everything. - Goodreads

Review: The Butterfly Clues (Lost Girls #1)

User Review  - Christina Wilder - Goodreads

You guys. I'm in love. I know, I know. The book's not perfect, you say. The ending was contrived. The descriptions didn't seem realistic, just like some of the plot twists. Lo may not have OCD but ... Read full review

Review: The Butterfly Clues (Lost Girls #1)

User Review  - Katie Manzione - Goodreads

In all honestly, I should have put the book down after the third chapter. This is not, in any way, a decent enough book to actually complete. The one star would be for the interesting cover because it ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28

Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 20
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Acknowledgments Sneak Peek at Notes From Ghost Town
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Kate Ellison trained as an actor in Chicago and has walked across the entire country of Spain. She is a painter and jewelry maker. Kate lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Butterfly Clues is her first novel.

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