Posted in 2012-2013 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Summer of the Mariposas, by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Summary:  When Odilia and her four sisters find a dead body in the swimming hole, they embark on a hero’s journey to return the dead man to his family in Mexico. With the supernatural aid of ghostly La Llorona via a magical earring, Odilia and her little sisters travel a road of tribulation to their long-lost grandmother’s house.  Can these fantastic trials prepare Odilia and her sisters for what happens when they face their final test, returning home to the real world, where goddesses and ghosts can no longer help them? Summer of the Mariposas is not just a magical Mexican American retelling of The Odyssey , it is a celebration of sisterhood and maternal love.

Tu Books

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One thought on “Summer of the Mariposas, by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

  1. At first this book was exciting but then towards the middle/end it started to get tiring. The plot kept changing to make an attemp at keeping it interesting but it did not work. At the beggining the plot seems to be to return the dead man to his family, then it seems to be to make it to their grandmother’s house, then it seems to be to be a happy family again, but i guess the plot was meant to be for the sisters to stay together through the trials and to get along better. All those plots started getting boring and i wondered when the book would ever end. This was a nice story, but not the newbery.

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