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Summer of the Mariposas Hardcover – October 1, 2012
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Summer of the Mariposas, however, is a novel that is definitely written for a middle grade to younger young adult reading audience. Adults and older teens will enjoy this book, but it is clear the audience is younger. The novel beautifully blends Texas border culture with northern Mexican culture. Interwoven in the story is a very latino style magical realism heavily rooted in Mexican mythology. What Ms. McCall has done is take traditional evil or negative Mexican images and myths and co-opted them and redefined them. I love that.
The eldest sister of a 5 sister sibling group, must keep her sisters together, protect them from evil mythological villains, call on the help of ancient goddesses, and reunite her family. This is a great adventure tale for and about young teenaged girls. Mix in Mexican cultural references (fully defined with a glossary), references (a lot!) to Mexican food, and the positive portrayal of characters not often in young adult and middle age books and what results is a truly unique novel.Read more ›
However all was not smooth sailing as I found the eldest sister Odilia pleasant enough but her four younger sisters were brats. Really all five were annoying with their disregard for the pressure their mother was under after their father ran off and the tough situation they were in. But the five must band together when the middle three decide to deliver the dead body they find in a river back to his family in Mexico. This dead body reminded me very strongly of "Stand By Me" which I watched not too long ago. Then things took a turn for the weird with the spirit of Llorana, a woman who haunts the riverbanks seeking her dead children. She bestows a special blessing on Odilia.
The situation gets weirder as they encounter malevolent spirits throughout their journey. As I picked up the story expecting a contemporary, I was very confused. About halfway through, I started looking through goodreads reviews to discover that this was an Odyssey retelling. This caused a lightbulb to go on in my head and helped the story make a lot more sense to me. A cool addition is the Aztec mythology-something I knew nothing about but was cool to learn about.
I did feel like the book was a little uneven in terms of how engaged I was with the plot and some of the turns felt very simplistic. This might be a better read for younger readers who might be better able to sympathize with the sisters while I was very much on the mother's team.Read more ›
I'm not sure exactly how the synergy happens between an author and her reading audience, but it certainly happened here. I love the SW. I love Mexico. I love Spanish. I love myths. Bring all of that together into a journey that my soul needs to take, and I fall in love. Thank you, Guadalupe Garcia McCall. It will probably be far too long before I encounter another book that resonates with me as this one does.
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Odilia and her four little sisters have one rule: cinco hermanitas, together forever. The summer a swarm of butterflies takes over their town of Eagle Pass, Texas, the sisters... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense
Summer of the Mariposas is the second book by Guadalupe Garcia McCall that I’ve read. Last May my book group read Under the Mesquite, and loved it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Vamos a Leer
I loved this book just that it made me think and it made you feel like you were part of the adventure.Published 12 months ago by Adam L Martin
Summer of the Mariposas tells the story of a road trip full of apparitions and supernatural interventions. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Latinxs in Kid Lit
Ever since their father abandoned them over a year ago, Odilia and her four sisters have felt a void in their lives. Read morePublished 17 months ago by SunshineRose
This book is part of a reading g program in Indiana called the "young hoosier book awards". Kids must read at leaset 5 of them and they get to vote for their favorite... Read morePublished 19 months ago by jtl