I Lived on Butterfly Hill

I Lived on Butterfly Hill

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An eleven-year-olda€™s world is upended by political turmoil in this a€œlyrically ambitious tale of exile and reunificationa€ (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, Chilea€”until one day when warships are spotted in the harbor and schoolmates start disappearing from class without a word. Celeste doesna€™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 a€œsubversivea€ and dangerous to Chilea€™s future. So Celestea€™s parentsa€”her educated, generous, kind parentsa€”must go into hiding before they, too, a€œdisappear.a€ 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 Pinocheta€™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.My English must be getting better, because Mr. Turner asks me to write about my family in Chile and to read my essay aloud. My classmates dona#39;t even know where my country is located, and they say a€œChillya€ instead of Chile. They dona#39;t knowanbsp;...

Title:I Lived on Butterfly Hill
Author: Marjorie Agosin
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2014-03-04

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