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The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane
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Mar 08, 2010

really liked it
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Gr 5-9
When Molly's father dies in a mysterious car accident, her mother becomes withdrawn and distant. She feels alienated by Molly's love of baseball and seems unfocused and unsupportive. Left to figure out her grief on her own, Molly uses the mean knuckleball her father taught her (her secret weapon) to become pitcher of the boy's 8th grade baseball team. A leisurely, gentle story with colorful background characters, like best friend Celia and maybe boyfriend Lonnie. The narrative is full and funny and feeling. While this is a story about grief, it isn't an overly heavy one. There are touches of death and possible suicide without actually centering on it. The conflict between mother and daughter regarding the differences in dealing with death are more principal. Read by Maria Cabezas, who keeps the deliberate pace of the book without losing the listener's interest. You will like Molly Williams, and so will fans of My Thirteenth Season by Kristi Roberts.
- Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZ

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