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Butterfly Summer [Paperback]

Anne-Marie Conway
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
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1 May 2012
Some secrets last a lifetime. When Becky and her mum move to the tiny village of Oakbridge, Mum is hoping for a new beginning. But when Becky discovers an old photo of her mum in hospital clutching a baby, twelve years before Becky was born, Becky becomes haunted by the thought that her mum is keeping something from her. Stifled by her mum's over-protectiveness and depressive moods, Becky feels more alone than ever. The only place she finds comfort is at the beautiful local Butterfly Garden with her new friend, the wild-spirited and impulsive Rosa May. But Becky can't shake off the unanswered questions. Why can't she swim? Where is her dad? Who is the baby in the photo? And why is her mum lying to her? As the two girls spend more time together however, Rosa May's unpredictable temper and possessive streak suggests that she is hiding something as well...and in the heat of the sun-drenched summer, it seems that Becky is the only one in the dark.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409538591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409538592
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up in London with my parents, big sister and little brother, dreaming about being on the stage! I went to hundreds of dancing lessons and joined every drama group going! My best friend Julia and I spent LOADS of time making up dance routines in our bedrooms - using our hairbrushes as microphones to sing out at the tops of our voices.

Soon after starting secondary school I began to feel a bit shy about performing although I still loved going to the theatre and I still dreamed about being a STAR. I went to see the same shows over and over again and I often thought I'd never be happy unless I ended up on a West End stage singing and dancing in front of hundreds of people!

Luckily I did find other ways to be happy. I qualified as a primary school teacher and at around the same time I started up my own Saturday Drama Club - Full Circle.

Full Circle has been running for years and years...we have put on so many awesome productions and some of the children who joined when they were six or seven years old still come along now to help out! Running a drama club for children and putting on shows for all their family and friends has been just as exciting for me as performing myself!

When my first baby Callum was born I got to stay at home for a while and look after him. Whenever he went to sleep (which was quite often) I started to scribble down ideas for a book about a drama club. Then when my second baby, Freddy, was born and I was at home again, I sat down at my computer and turned my scribbled notes into a story about a very shy girl called Phoebe who dreams about being a star...

I still live in London and I still have BIG dreams - but these days they're much more about writing than about singing and dancing.

Dreams are so important...I do hope all of yours come true!

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A gripping story for young teens. --Friends of the Earth

About the Author

Anne-Marie Conway is a primary school teacher specialising in drama, but also runs her own children's theatre company, Full Circle. She lives in London with her husband, two young sons and two eccentric cats, Betty and Boo. Anne-Marie's first book, Phoebe Finds Her Voice, was shortlisted for the inaugural Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky but mysterious 10 Jun 2012
By becca
I really enjoyed reading Butterfly Summer. I loved the storyline although Rosa May was so frustrating. I just wanted her to be nicer to Becky. I really liked Mack but I wanted there to be more about their relationship. I would def recommend this to my friends, it's perfect for my age-group (13).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To good for words 26 Nov 2013
By Mrs
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm 11 years old and I thought this book was AMAZING I can't express how good it was it was sad and happy there were so many twists and turns I love it the best book I've ever read this is a must have book Rosa-May was so nasty to Becky but nice when she's wanted to be there could have been a better relationship between Becky and Mack but it was AMAZING you must read it !!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Butterfly Summer 25 Sep 2012
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I really enjoyed this book - I read it in one day.

Becky is alone after she has moved home with her mum. She finds that her mum is hiding something from her when she finds a photo in a box. Becky makes friends with Rosa in the butterfly garden near to where they live. Rosa is very possessive and demanding at times. When I got to the end of the book I was shocked and I just did not see it coming. This is one book I won't forget and I don't want too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 17 Mar 2013
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This is one of the most amazing books I've ever read
Rosa may seems so realistic and you can really imagine her living up to her nickname, fish, and diving in the lake
Amazing book and a great read
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 19 Nov 2013
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My granddaughter loved this book her grandad read it all to hear,she could tell you what it was about,the charecters in it and who they was.pitty there is not a D.V.D out I would buy it for her.i listen to it as well and enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story. 15 Nov 2013
By nurseT
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My eleven year old and I are reading this together at bedtime, it is a lovely story and the plot is developing nicely.

It arrived as part of a set of three and was well packaged and earlier than predicted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 6 May 2013
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This book was amazing it was the best book I have read for a while. I would recommend it for an over 12 as it was a bit upsetting and scary at one point. I have read a similar book by a more recognised author but I would defiantly read this book before I read that one and I hope the author anne-marie Conway rights some more amazing book in a similar context.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly predictable 7 Feb 2013
By mushy
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This book was a very easy read and although I did enjoy it, I didn't feel like it lived up to the expectations gained from other reviews. I found the plot line to be very predictable from the first meeting of the main character Becky with her new friend Rosa May. This made the book drag very slowly as I waited for the revelation and the ending which were very unsurprising and unrealistic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
It was so good ,I would recommend it to the age 10 and above because it can be a bit mysterious!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing storytelling
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She reads a lot of books but this is now her favorite.
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I loved this book!

It is so sad but so happy as well!
Who could have thought that two best friends could turn out to be long lost sisters that shared so much? Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars gets you gripped
my daughter told me about this book when she read it at school and got me into it , it gets you on the edge of your seat it is aimed more for teens but i loved it
Published 3 months ago by jaime flanaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I really enjoyed this story. There were really sad moments but also happy ones.
Published 3 months ago by Granny
2.0 out of 5 stars really repetitive
my daughter liked this book but you can tell what will happen next and it repeats itself alot! over all it was ok.
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May 13 year old loved it! She read it within a day or two and was disappointed when she had finished it
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