Free with Museum Admission
Recommended for ages 9–12 and their adults
On the eve of Hispanic Heritage Month, join us to discuss this epic tale of an 11-year-old girl forced to move from Chile to Maine to escape a brutal dictatorship in the 1970s. Skype with the author of this Pura Belpré Award winner and ask her all your questions! Then explore primary sources related to the book with other families.
About I Lived on Butterfly Hill
11-year-old Celeste Marconi loves the community and natural beauty of her home in Valparaiso, Chile. But things change when her country’s president is assassinated and her parents tell her their nation is suffering from an “earthquake of the soul.” Celeste is exiled to Maine for her safety. Readers will root for Celeste as she copes with her new life in a cold, faraway place and her eventual return to her changed homeland. Author Agosín writes this semi-autobiographical work of historical fiction “with beauty and grace, telling a compelling tale that both enchants and haunts.” (Booklist, starred review).
About the Reading into History Family Book Club
Every month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book together at home and then attend a Book Wrap event, where they share reactions to the book, see cool museum artifacts and documents related to the story, and meet other history detectives and special guests! Past special guests have included authors Walter Dean Myers, Avi, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Jewell Parker Rhodes, plus museum curators, historians, and other experts.