Kid Lit Exchange #partner: My Fate According to the Butterfly by Gail D. Villanueva and Scholastic, Inc.
Well let me say I loved this book. Guess how many previous books I had read set in the Philippines? Zero. This book absolutely immerses you into the world, language, culture, and surroundings of the Filipino people. It sparked my interest so much, I began exploring the country on the Internet and Google Earth. If I did those things, so would a curious kid. It’s an amazing introduction to the Philippines.
As for the story itself, I loved 11-year-old Sab and her panicked notion that a butterfly has determined her fate (hint: it’s not a good one). I loved the troubled, untraditional, yet still intensely caring family. Sab and her friend Pepper were such real kids to me and a joy to chase through the markets and shopping centers as they got crazy ideas and tried to repair broken relationships.
This book releases July 30, 2019, and will make a perfect late-summer read!
Thank you @kidlitexchange for providing me with a review copy—all opinions are my own.