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Reviews of the 2015 Belpré Author Award winners

Winner:

agosin_i lived on butterfly hillI Lived on Butterfly Hill
by Marjorie Agosín; illus. by Lee White; trans. by E. M. O’Connor
Intermediate     Atheneum     455 pp.
3/14    978-1-4169-5344-9    $16.99

Eleven-year-old Chilean girl Celeste faces upheaval when a brutal dictator rises to power, her parents go into hiding, and she is shipped off to Maine. Threads of mysticism lend an interesting element, but the book is best when rooted in reality, transporting readers with sensory-steeped settings and Celeste’s vividly evoked feelings of alienation. Black-and-white illustrations depict the turmoil but with a soft touch.

From the Fall 2014 issue of The Horn Book Guide.

 

Honor book:

herrera_portraits of hispanic american heroesPortraits of Hispanic American Heroes
by Juan Felipe Herrera, illus. by Raúl Colón (Dial)

Review to come.

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