The Butterfly Clues

The Butterfly Clues

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"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
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" . . . a strong, twisty thriller of a debut . . . [with] a complex and memorable heroine."--"Publishers Weekly
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"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
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"A debut worth picking up. Stark and realistic."--"RTBooks
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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.
"Also available in simultaneous e-book edition (ISBN 978-1-60684-268-3)"
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 325 pages
  • 149.86 x 208.28 x 33.02mm | 430.91g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1606842633
  • 9781606842638
  • 709,584

Review quote

* "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
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"Poignant and haunting. A gorgeously written debut."--Lynn Weingarten, author of "Wherever Nina Lies "and "The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers
""A clever mystery, an unlikely romance, an edge-of-your-seat thriller and one of the most wonderful books I've read. Here's the only clue you need--read this book and be amazed."
--Charles Benoit, author of "You "and" Fall from Grace
""With startling insights, lyrical prose, and relentless tension, Butterfly Clues is a courageous, extraordinary first novel."--Heidi Ayarbe, ""IRA-winning author of "Freeze Frame
""A stunning and intricately woven debut novel."--"The Princess of Storyland
"A heartfelt mystery with a great, intrepid lead character." --Jessie, bibliophile... anonymous
""I could not put it down simply because of the sheer beauty of [Kate Ellison's] writing.
--Tia, "The Undead Unicorn
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"The plot is tightly wound and the story is very compelling. If you are looking for a good mystery, I highly recommend this one."--"Booktwirps
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"Extremely refreshing and interesting and honestly, really really really good."
--Valen, "The Readers Heartstring
""How on earth do I explain to you how much I loved The Butterfly Clues? It seems like anything I say just won't be enough. This book is amazing."--"Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
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About Kate Ellison

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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4,265 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 32% (1,347)
4 29% (1,246)
3 25% (1,068)
2 9% (388)
1 5% (216)

Our customer reviews

Lo (Penelope) has OCD - she has to do things in multiples of threes (count, tap, brush her bangs back) and she can't go through any door without a tap, tap, tap, "banana". She also feels compulsions to take items that she feels calling to her. Her family has moved a lot due to her father's job as a consultant, and her brother Oren died (we find out when and why in small pieces). After Oren died, her mother withdrew and her father spends almost no time at home, so Lo finds herself wandering far from home at times, trying to retrace Oren's steps or visit places she thinks he may have visited. During one of these trips (to a very bad neighborhood), she hears gunshots in a house near her spot in the alleyway. After reading an online crime blog, she finds that a stripper named Sapphire was shot and killed while she was just feet away - thus begins a new compulsion - to find out who killed Sapphire. This novel brings the reader fully into the strange compulsions that form OCD - there were points where I really felt the desperation that Lo felt as she tried to get away from dangerous situations and was thwarted by her need to follow her rituals. Flynt is an artsy, homeless teen that befriends Lo and tries to warn her away from pursuing Sapphire's murder and the reader wonders how much he actually knows about the crime and/or the perpetrator. Although the depiction of Lo's OCD is enough to draw the reader in, there were quite a few situations that didn't ring true for me. Lo's situation at high school, her interactions with the police, even at times her friendship with Flynt - I just thought to myself, "THAT would never happen." Even so, the underlying story kept me reading. Not a typical YA book in many ways, but well worth reading if only for the deeper understanding it provides of OCD impulses. Writing: 4 out of 5 stars Plot: 3 out of 5 stars Characters: 3.5 out of 5 stars Reading Immersion: 3out 5 stars BOOK RATING: 3.4 out of 5 starsshow more
by Julie Smith
The Butterfly Clues may start off somewhat slow and confusing, but eventually the story will take you to unexpected heights with the same frantic energy as its insect namesake. Kate Ellison builds this careful story about a girl with heart-breaking fragility and gives it a quiet, mesmerizing strength and hope that justice will prevail. THE GOOD BITS {A riveting main character.} Lo may not seem all that together at first, but I got used to her OCD quirks and found them rather adorable as say those of MONK. What I find remarkable is that she embraces the OCD with open arms and radiates this sense of courage where nothing seems impossible. While she may lead her life by certain numbers, Lo somehow manages to look danger in the eye and ask for the truth behind the murder. She was full of surprises, and I enjoyed every second of discovering what she chose to do next! {A solid whodunit with suspects in spades.} I thought The Butterfly Clues offered a whole lot of plausible outcomes where no one could be trusted 100%. Add the anxious world of Lo to the mix, then hold onto the pages as the story flits from one suspicion to the next as Lo gets closer to the truth. What I love even more is how this murder may have started as a passing obsession for Lo, but turns into something much more personal than she anticipated. THE BAD BITS {Was high school necessary?} Of course, I expect Lo to be going through the motions of high school - but throwing in some mean girls and a boy making eyes at Lo seemed extraneous. I suppose it shows that Lo had a normal HS experience and her peers were not peachy-keen, but in the grand scheme of things I don't think they moved the plot anywhere. {Everyone seems to have hair issues.} You know, normally I don't notice these things as much or feel the desire to mention them - but this one stuck out almost like Alfalfa's cowlick. I don't know if this was intentional, but everyone seemed to have some sort of dirty, non-glamorous hair. From limp to grungy to stringy to dreadlocks (okay, maybe those doesn't count...), it was just hard to miss the repeat descriptions in the first few chapters. Then again, I am reading an ARC so it may be addressed in the finalized version. THE OVERALL The Butterfly Clues will wrap readers within in pages like a cocoon as Lo unravels the mystery behind Sapphire's death. Kate Ellison has written a remarkable debut with a main character who captures both compassion and admiration as she shines through adversity with her can-do attitude.show more
by theEPICrat
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