Marvelous Middle Grade Monday is a meme started by Shannon Messenger to celebrate middle grade books. This week I’m looking at WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES CAME by Kimberley Griffiths Little
It’s about Tara Doucet and her sister Riley Doucet who find a set of keys that lead to great adventures with magic butterflies, and a search for the truth about their grandmother’s death.
Here’s what Goodreads says:
Everybody thinks Tara Doucet has the perfect life. But in reality, Tara’s life is anything but perfect: Her dear Grammy Claire has just passed away, her mother is depressed and distant, and she and her sister Riley can’t seem to agree on anything. But when mysterious and dazzling butterflies begin to follow her around after Grammy Claire’s funeral, Tara just knows in her heart that her grandmother has left her one final mystery to solve.
A strange butler brings Tara and Riley to Grammy Claire’s house, where Tara finds a stack of keys and detailed letters from Grammy Claire herself. Note by note, Tara learns unexpected truths about her grandmother’s life. As the letters grow more ominous and the clues more difficult to decipher, Tara realizes that the secrets she must uncover could lead to mortal danger. And when Tara and Riley are swept away to the beautiful islands of Chuuk to hear their grandmother’s will, Tara discovers the most shocking truth of all — one that will change her life forever.
My favorite character in this book was Tara Doucet because she was the hero who saves the butterflies because they are in danger. I liked this book because it makes you feel more protective to butterflies. It can be a scary but it’s also cool. You should read this book because it makes you feel good about butterflies so you do not squash them because they have feelings too.
WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES CAME will be published by Scholastic on April 1st. No fooling! Mom got an ARC of this at ALA.