Summer of the Mariposas

By The Monitor

Beautifully written, heart-wrenching, action-packed and funny as can be, Summer of the Mariposas is a must-read for kids 12 years and up. I especially recommend its use in schools with large Latino populations. In Texas, mythology is now a greater component of the essential knowledge and skills for English language arts, and I can envision units that pair this novel with the Odyssey or other traditional texts. García McCall is herself an English teacher, and I’m willing to bet that the interests and needs of her own students inspired her to craft this magical adventure.