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The Butterfly Clues

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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.

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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.


"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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