The Maps of Memory: Return to Butterfly Hill
Written by Marjorie Agosin
Illustrated by Lee White
Published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
During Celeste Marconi’s time in Maine, thoughts of the brightly colored cafes and salty air of Valparaíso, Chile, carried her through difficult, homesick days. Now, she’s finally returned home to find the dictatorship has left its mark on her once beautiful and vibrant community.
Celeste is determined to help her beloved Butterfly Hill get back to the way it was and to encourage her neighbors to fight to regain what they’ve lost. More than anything, Celeste wishes she could bring back her best friend, Lucilla, who was one of many to disappear during the dictatorship. Celeste tries to piece together what happened, but it all seems too big to fix—until she receives a letter that changes everything.
When Celeste sets off on her biggest adventure yet, she’ll uncover more heartbreaking truths of what her country has endured. But every small victory makes a difference, and even if Butterfly Hill can never be what it was, moving forward and healing can make it something even better.
Look for the Spanish version, Los Mapas de la Memoria (the Maps of Memory): Regreso Al Cerro Mariposa.
Primary ISBN: 9781481469012
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, eBook
Middle Grade, Age 10 or older
Community Represented: Chilean/Chilean American
Themes: Award Winner, Family Separation: Living with Other Family or Friends, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Refugee: War/Conflict, Unaccompanied Minors, Visiting Home Country
Setting: United States (Maine), Chile (Valparaíso)
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: In Home Country
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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