Summer of the Mariposas

In SUMMER OF THE MARIPOSAS, Odilia and her four sisters rival Odysseus in cleverness and courage as they embark on their own hero’s journey. After finding a drowned man floating in their secret swimming hole along the Rio Grande, the five sisters set out to El Sacrificio in Coahuila, Mexico. Their trek across the border, to return the body of a man they believe to be a loving husband and father to his family, is disappointing. However, their disenchantment is nothing compared to the heartbreak and troubles they endure as they try to get back.

Outsmarting as many mythical creatures as the Greek hero Jason, and with the supernatural aid of La Llorona, Odilia and her hermanitas make their way through a road of trials in which they encounter and escape from the wily Nagual, a coven of vicious Lechuzas, and the much dreaded, half-blind, blood-thirsty Chupacabras. After the perilous adventure, their only wish is to cross the return threshold, La Frontera, safely, and finally get home to ask forgiveness from the one person they hope still loves them–their abandoned mother. But forgiveness is a double edged sword, and the sisters feel its sharpness the most when they get home and have to face the biggest challenge of all.

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October 20, 2012 Guadalupe Books 6 Comments


  1. R

    November 21, 2016

    Is there a significance in the number 7 in this book? Why are there 7 knots? What does 7 represent?

  2. jenny

    October 29, 2018

    It was a fun and creative book. I love it and I will recommend this book to other people.

  3. Mahogany headen

    September 8, 2020

    this book is very interesting i love it


    November 12, 2020

    I literally just finished reading this book and hoped on line to find more books by this author. It is very well written and a joy to read.
    As a Mexican American, its nice finding a book that celebrates our culture and makes me want to learn more my ancestors and their stories/legends.

  5. jonah

    April 15, 2021

    the book is the best i love the book olivia is like one of my faviorts

  6. Chloe

    May 18, 2021

    This is a great book! Lots or drama, and adventure! I really recommend this book!

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