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As the book begins, Celeste is a dreamer, but she becomes a determined, resilient, selfless young woman. She courageously searches for her father and starts a traveling library to help Valparaiso heal its wounds. Her family members love one another deeply. Her doctor parents run a clinic to help the poor. Cristobal is a true friend, and with his mystical powers he helps Celeste search for her father. Her aunt, Tia Graciela, who lives in Maine, welcomes Celeste to the United States and helps her adjust to a foreign way of life. Once the ships arrive in the harbor, the liberal president of Chile is killed, the military dictatorship takes over the country, classmates disappear, former friends become enemies, teachers are suspended, and terror reigns.

Add your rating. Add your rating See all 3 kid reviews. Sixth-grader Celeste loves her home, family, school, and friends until her country, Chile, is taken over by the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. People suddenly vanish; her doctor parents, who run a clinic for the poor, are called "subversive" and must hide. She's sent thousands of miles away to an aunt in Maine, where she must adjust to a different climate, culture, and language.

Two years later, she returns as a young teen to a tattered nation after the dictatorship has ended but the country is still dangerous. Will she ever see her parents again? Determined, she sets out to find them and help her country heal its devastating wounds. The novel centers on one family yet gives voice to a country striving to heal, to the idea of solidarity, and to the hopes and dreams of one teen who makes a difference. How does a dictatorship influence news coverage to control public opinion?

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What purpose does that serve for a totalitarian government? How does historical fiction help you understand historical events? Does having the story narrated by Celia help you understand her world and what she's going through? Then tell each other why you chose the poem you did. Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners. See how we rate. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase.

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Parents' Ultimate Guide to Support our work! A butterfly may land on a flower only to find itself in the clutches of a hungry crab spider or being attacked by a praying mantis or damsel bug. Some butterflies, like the monarch, taste awful and advertise this fact by being bright orange. They taste awful because as caterpillars they feed on milkweeds, which contain a special chemical. Q: Why do butterflies fly? Why don't they walk? A: Well, since butterflies feed on nectar from flowers, compare how hard it would be for the butterfly to walk from one plant to another versus flying.

It would have to walk all the way down one plant and climb all the way up the next. I'm getting tired just thinking about it! By flying they can get there in just a few wing beats. Flying also comes in handy to get away from enemies who might be waiting for them on the flowers. Q: How do they lay eggs, turn into caterpillars, get energy to make a chrysalis, and turn into butterflies? A: The adults lay eggs on the plants that the caterpillars like to eat, so that when the caterpillars hatch they are right there surrounded by food. In fact, a lot of caterpillars even start out by eating their own eggshell!

The caterpillar spends most of its time eating, storing up energy to turn into a butterfly or moth. Caterpillars are basically eating machines! Q: How long do butterflies live?

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How long do they stay in their cocoons? A: Butterfly life span varies greatly. Opler and Krizek in Butterflies East of the Great Plains , state that the "expected life span" which is usually much shorter than the "maximum life span" because of predators, weather, etc. Maximum life span ranges from about 4 days spring azure to 10 to 11 months mourning cloak. Females generally live longer than males. Q: If you touch a butterfly's wing, does it die? A: Not unless you rub too many of the protective scales off. When you touch the wing of a butterfly or moth, some dust seems to rub off on your fingers.

This "dust" is made up of tiny scales take a close look at a butterfly wing to see them. These scales help the butterfly to fly and are responsible for the colors we see on their wings. It is generally not a good idea to touch a butterfly's wings. Q: How does a caterpillar turn into a butterfly? A: It's an amazing process and we don't understand how it all works yet.

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We do know that some things that the adult needs like wings are already starting to develop while it is still a caterpillar. Some people have checked out the progress of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly by taking a lot of caterpillars and, after they have pupated, opening a new chrysalis each day to see how it changes.

Q: Why are butterflies symmetrical? Hallway, multicultural books and religion and mythology. What book might people be surprised to find on your shelves? I have a bit of an obsession with Gilgamesh, the earliest surviving work of literature, which comes to us in fragments. Not that people should be surprised if I owned a copy or two by different translators, but I have a whole shelf of adaptations and translations.

When I was a little girl growing up in the Dominican Republic in an oral culture, I never read much of anything.

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Scheherazade, the young heroine, was a girl who looked Dominican, dark eyed, dark hair, olive skin. Then, the whole idea of a girl saving her life and that of all women in the kingdom and transforming a cruel sultan by telling stories. That book put a luminous bit of information in my head: that stories have power, that they can transform you and save you. Who is your favorite fictional hero or heroine? Your favorite antihero or villain?

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Some of the first books I read in English were the Nancy Drew mysteries. Sorry, God, but he got the better part.

What kind of reader were you as a child? Which childhood books and authors stick with you most? Most books I encountered were textbooks, schoolbooks, the dull, censored reading material of a dictatorship. But also it was an oral culture: People told stories and the experience was communal, not solitary and text-based. If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?