by Sheila N., August 30, 2010 5:25 PM
In Butterfly, award-winning novelist Sonya Hartnett (2002 Guardian Children's Prize, 2006 Printz Honor Award) takes a graceful but quite heartbreaking look at growing up and the need to fit in. Fourteen-year-old Plum doesn't feel comfortable anywhere — not with her family, not at school, and definitely not with the body she has. Fortunately for Plum, her 30-year-old neighbor, Maureen, is on hand with comfort and sage advice. But does Maureen really have Plum's best interests at heart? Recommended for readers in grades five through nine, Butterfly is a strong and captivating read about teenage angst. Readers will easily take Plum and her traumas to heart.