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The Black Butterfly

Youth Services Book Reviews

In this series, students share their book reviews with librarian Katrina Yurenka, a librarian for more than 20 years with library experience in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Seattle, Washington.

The Black Butterfly by Shirley Reva Vernick

What did you like about the book? All high school student Penny wants is to spend time with her mother at Christmas, but her mother is off chasing ghosts in Idaho and Penny is sent to spend the holidays in Maine with a stranger who was once her mother’s best friend. Bubbles owns the Black Butterfly Inn on the coast of Maine, her son, George is home from the CIA, not the agency, the Culinary Institute of America, and Rita is the talented European chef who befriends Penny. Not having had a traditional upbringing, Penny finds friendship, good cooking, love, dream journeys and ghosts at the Black Butterfly. This is a unique story about holding on and letting go, about hope and forgiveness, and about ghosts and their stories. I particularly enjoyed the character Blue as he added so much to the plot.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Not a reader of paranormal fiction, I honestly enjoyed this book, so anyone who likes a great story with some romance and fun and interesting characters, including some ghosts will enjoy this book.
Who should buy this book? High schools and Public libraries to add to their YA/Teen sections
Where would you shelve it ? Paranormal young adult fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? It’s a pleasant diversion but maybe not the top of “to read” pile, near it though.

—Maria Touet is a student at Pope John XXIII High School in Everett, Massachusetts
- Maria Touet, February 27, 2015  Visit Website

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