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The Butterfly Clues
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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 recognises 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.
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This debut novel is a tour de force thriller about a girl whose obsessive-compulsive collecting leads her down a dangerous path of secrets, mystery, and murder - where every clue she uncovers could be her last.

About the Author

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.

Reviews

"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 * ". . . a strong, twisty thriller of a debut . . . [with] a complex and memorable heroine." * Publishers Weekly * "Ellison creates tension from the outset in a taut and sure-footed thriller." * Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading * "An intriguing and compelling read, and a very impressive debut." * Books for Keeps 'Book of the Week' * "An engaging mystery starring a teen girl with obsessive-compulsive disorder. A pleasing mix of realism, tension, intrigue and romance." * Kirkus *

Gr 9 Up-Penelope (Lo), the protagonist in Kate Ellison's murder mystery (Egmont USA, 2012), suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and also has an urge to steal. She's obsessed with numbers and can's even permit a tap on her shoulder without tapping herself to bring the number of taps to her current odd-number obsession. Lo survives in a grieving, dysfunctional family as the only remaining child after her older brother's untimely death from drugs. She doesn't have friends at school and spends much of her time taking city buses to parts of Cincinnati that are not safe. After Lo hears the gun shot that kills a young stripper, Sapphire, she hooks up with Flynt, a run-away artist who has been sketching strippers in clubs. Lo becomes obsessed with Sapphire's murder and as she investigates it, her own life and well-being are threatened. Therese Plummer dramatically narrates this first person story. Some adult situations make this title most suitable for older, mature teens.-Ann Weber, Bellarmine College Prep., San Jose, CA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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