* Villanuevas debut is a beautiful #ownvoices middle-grade novel. Tough topics are addressed, but warmth and humor... bring lightness to Sabs story. This immersive novel bursts with life. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
When superstitious Sab sees a giant black butterfly, an omen of death, she knows that shes doomed! According to legend, she has one week before her fate catches up with her -- on her 11th birthday. With her time running out, all she wants is to celebrate her birthday with her entire family. But her sister, Ate Nadine, stopped speaking to their father one year ago, and Sab doesnt even know why.
If Sabs going to get Ate Nadine and their father to reconcile, shell have to overcome her fears -- of her sisters anger, of leaving the bubble of her sheltered community, of her upcoming doom -- and figure out the cause of their rift.
So Sab and her best friend Pepper start spying on Nadine and digging into their familys past to determine why, exactly, Nadine wont speak to their father. But Sabs adventures across Manila reveal truths about her family more difficult -- and dangerous -- than she ever anticipated.
Was the Butterfly right? Perhaps Sab is doomed after all!
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
- Publication Date: 30/07/2019
- Category: Family
- ISBN: 9781338310504