About the Book
Author: Paula Leyden
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Number of Pages: 208
Synopsis: Bul-Boo and Madillo are worried about their friend Winifred, who has lost her gentle smile and no longer puts up her hand in class. Then the twins discover her secret: she is to be married off to her uncle's friend, who drinks heavily and is old enough to be her grandfather. While Winifred has become resigned to her fate, her friends are determined to put a stop to the marriage. But what can they do? They ask the advice of Ifwafwa, the snake man, who promises to think about the problem. Ifwafwa is wise and has a gift with snakes, but he does not like to hurry and Bul-Boo becomes impatient. Will he be too late to save their friend?
Bul-Boo and Madillo notice a change in their otherwise lively and spirited friend, Winifred, and are determined to find out what's going on. What they uncover shocks them and they know they must act fast to save her, but what can two young girls do? They know they need to consult the snake man, Ifwafwa, but he likes to do things at his own pace. Winifred has lost all hope of escaping her fate and Bul-Boo can't understand what's taking Ifwafwa so long. Will he provide an answer before time runs out?
The Butterfly Heart is an elegantly written tale that easily captivates readers through it's vibrant and creative characters and enchanting story line. I love the strong bond the girls share and how Bul-Boo and Madillo rush to help Winifred in her time of need. Young adult readers will find The Butterfly Heart appealing and will be drawn into the quest to free Winifred from her fate.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.