A widely acclaimed and powerful novel–newly repackaged for paperback.
Agnes and Honey have always been best friends, but they haven’t always been so different. Agnes loves being a Believer. She knows the rules at the Mount Blessing religious commune are there to make her a better person. Honey hates Mount Blessing and the control Emmanuel, their leader, has over her life. The only bright spot is the butterfly garden she’s helping to build, and the journal of butterflies that she keeps. When Agnes’s grandmother makes an unexpected visit to the commune, she discovers a violent secret that the Believers are desperate to keep quiet. And when Agnes’s little brother is seriously injured and Emmanuel refuses to send him to a hospital, Nana Pete takes the three children and escapes the commune. Their journey begins an exploration of faith, friendship, religion and family for the two girls, as Agnes clings to her familiar faith while Honey desperately wants a new future.
Readers will be fascinated by a glimpse into a lifestyle not often seen.
[Galante’s] dramatic storytelling will pique teens’ curiosity.
Realistic and emotionally charged.
An exceptional and powerful story. …This grim tale of realistic fiction will have teens enthralled, unable to put this book down until the final page.
[S]tunningly original debut novel. . . .The author offers an introduction to the wonder of butterflies along with memorable characters and a fascinating exploration of family, faith and love.
The Patron Saint of Butterflies is Cecilia Galante’s debut novel — and what a truly special, amazing, heart-touching work of art it is! . . .The story pulls readers through the pages with a persistent urgency to discover what happens to the two main characters. Galante is a very talented writer, and fans will eagerly look forward to her next book.
The Patron Saint of Butterflies is a truly amazing. The writing has a wonderful style and quality, shifting between two teenage best friends…
This is a stunning, incredible, and heartfelt novel . . . I could really tell that the author was writing from her heart and that made me enjoy the story even more.
The plot is quick and intense, and the writing vivid enough that after Honey tasted her fist Big Mac, I just had to do the same. The Big Mac may be tasty, but given the choice, I’d rather devour a book as good as The Patron Saint of Butterflies any day.
How much did I love The Patron Saint Of Butterflies? It is definitely in the running for my own personal Best Book of 2008 award.
YA Books Central
But, the main reason for reading this isn’t the good plot or the balanced storytelling, or even the compelling characters (though those are all good reasons). It’s because it’s a great story, about love and family and friendship and finding oneself even when all seems lost. What more could a person ask for out of a book?