by Cecilia Galante
Best friends Agnes and Honey, age 14, live at Mount Blessing, a religious commune. Though the girls have been best friends since they were children, differences in faith are beginning to to trouble their relationship. Agnes is striving to be saintly. Honey is desperate to escape the commune and experience the outside world.
The commune itself, headed by the charismatic Emmanuel, is orderly, well run. But it’s hiding a dark secret, a secret discovered by Agnes’s grandmother, Nana Pete, on her annual visit. When a medical emergency forces Nana Pete into action, the girls begin a painful journey of discovery that threatens to sever their bond forever.
The fact that the author once lived in a place like Mount Blessing adds powerful authenticity to this moving novel of faith, betrayal, and redemption.
|Lydia Rose Shahan, Julie Swenson
|2008 Cecilia Galante
|℗ Audio Copyright
|2011 Full Cast Audio
“The story of what happens when a terrible accident threatens to destroy a community is told from two girls’ perspectives in alternating chapters, with Lydia Rose Shahan narrating for Agnes and Julie Swenson for Honey. . . . Shahan’s and Swenson’s well-matched voices smooth the transitions but are different enough that listeners can easily distinguish between Honey and Agnes.” — AudioFile, Sept. 2011
Praise for the print version of The Patron Saint of Butterflies:
“In an exceptional and powerful story of family, friendship, and devotion, Galante draws from her own history of living in a religious commune. . . This grim tale of realistic fiction will have teens enthralled, unable to put the book down until the final page.” — VOYA, June, 2008
Listen to samples from this audiobook:
- The Patron Saint of Butterflies 1:02