The Maps of Memory: Return to Butterfly Hill
The Maps of Memory: Return to Butterfly Hill

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Series: The Butterfly Hill Series Vol. 2   

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Annotation: After fourteen-year-old Celeste Marconi returns to Valparaiso from Maine, she decides to uncover the truth about what happened in Butterfly Hill during the dictatorship and find her missing friend, Lucila.
Catalog Number: #216573
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: White, Lee,
Pages: 358 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-481-46901-0 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8050-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-481-46901-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8050-6
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2020011372
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
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Kirkus Reviews
Following the events in Pura Belpré Award–winning I Lived on Butterfly Hill (2014), 14-year-old Celeste Marconi reckons with the repercussions of a regime of terror.Life in Valparaíso, Chile, is both familiar and disorienting. After sheltering for three years in Maine with her Tía Graciela while her country suffered at the hands of a dictator reminiscent of Augusto Pinochet, Celeste is eager to return to normal. But how can life be normal when her best friend, Lucila, is among the disappeared? As Celeste learns of the torture her mother and others endured as well as the deprivation many residents of her jewellike city beside the sea live in, she sheds her innocence, expressing anger, grief, survivor’s guilt, and, ultimately, determination to act. With old friends Cristóbal and Marisol and new arrival from France Genevieve, Celeste organizes a literacy program for the city’s poorest residents. A school assignment to interview loved ones of disappeared classmates becomes the inspiration for creating memory maps—physical reminders to keep their spirits alive. But Celeste hopes for more: She and Cristóbal found Papá, after all—perhaps Lucila is alive and maybe even Natalia, the little girl she’s been assigned to research? Charming prose and cheerful pen-and-ink illustrations soften details of a painful and divisive history. Celeste—loving, impetuous, and fiercely loyal—and her family and community are quirky and appealing. Richly textured elements creating a deep and magical sense of place are woven unobtrusively throughout.Captivating and exquisite. (Fiction. 11-15)
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Following the events in Pura Belpré Award–winning I Lived on Butterfly Hill (2014), 14-year-old Celeste Marconi reckons with the repercussions of a regime of terror.Life in Valparaíso, Chile, is both familiar and disorienting. After sheltering for three years in Maine with her Tía Graciela while her country suffered at the hands of a dictator reminiscent of Augusto Pinochet, Celeste is eager to return to normal. But how can life be normal when her best friend, Lucila, is among the disappeared? As Celeste learns of the torture her mother and others endured as well as the deprivation many residents of her jewellike city beside the sea live in, she sheds her innocence, expressing anger, grief, survivor’s guilt, and, ultimately, determination to act. With old friends Cristóbal and Marisol and new arrival from France Genevieve, Celeste organizes a literacy program for the city’s poorest residents. A school assignment to interview loved ones of disappeared classmates becomes the inspiration for creating memory maps—physical reminders to keep their spirits alive. But Celeste hopes for more: She and Cristóbal found Papá, after all—perhaps Lucila is alive and maybe even Natalia, the little girl she’s been assigned to research? Charming prose and cheerful pen-and-ink illustrations soften details of a painful and divisive history. Celeste—loving, impetuous, and fiercely loyal—and her family and community are quirky and appealing. Richly textured elements creating a deep and magical sense of place are woven unobtrusively throughout.Captivating and exquisite. (Fiction. 11-15)
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Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 5-9
Lexile: 760L
An Unexpected Visitor


Excerpted from The Maps of Memory: Return to Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin
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In this inspiring sequel to the Pura Belpré Award–winning, “dazzling and insightful” (BCCB) I Lived on Butterfly Hill, thirteen-year-old Celeste Marconi returns home to a very different Chile and makes it her mission to rebuild her community, and find those who are still missing.

During Celeste Marconi’s time in Maine, thoughts of the brightly colored cafes and salty air of Valparaíso, Chile, carried her through difficult, homesick days. Now, she’s finally returned home to find the dictatorship has left its mark on her once beautiful and vibrant community.

Celeste is determined to help her beloved Butterfly Hill get back to the way it was and to encourage her neighbors to fight to regain what they’ve lost. More than anything, Celeste wishes she could bring back her best friend, Lucilla, who was one of many to disappear during the dictatorship. Celeste tries to piece together what happened, but it all seems too big to fix—until she receives a letter that changes everything.

When Celeste sets off on her biggest adventure yet, she’ll uncover more heartbreaking truths of what her country has endured. But every small victory makes a difference, and even if Butterfly Hill can never be what it was, moving forward and healing can make it something even better.


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