Excerpt from page 149:
I start to sing Lilly’s song and I don’t sing it so well
until I spot Mom’s face,
her plain, pretty face.
Then I get back to singing the way I sing.
The light is shining on the outside of me,
but it is on the inside
that I feel
I never thought about the magic of butterflies until now.
I only ever thought about the trouble with butterflies.
The first-day butterflies.
The divorce butterflies.
The meeting-Dad’s-art-teacher-girlfriend butterflies.
all of them.
Izzy Kline Has Butterflies
by Beth Ain
Random House Children's Books
“Izzy Kline has Butterflies captures the soap opera that is fourth grade with honesty, heart and humor.”
–Newbery Honor author, Kirby Larson
“If you’ve ever wondered what living inside a fourth grader’s head feels like, this is it! Pitch perfect, heartfelt, and real.”
—Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of The Candymakers
From the publisher:
So many moments big and small make up a year, and Beth Ain chronicles them all in this heartwarming novel in verse, perfect for fans of Fish in a Tree and verse novels like Brown Girl Dreaming and The Crossover.
There are plenty of reasons for the butterflies in Izzy Kline’s stomach to flap their wings. There’s a new girl in her class who might be a new best friend. The whole grade is performing "Free to Be . . . You and Me" and Izzy really wants a starring role. And new changes at home are making Izzy feel like her family is falling apart. First-day jitters, new friends, an audition . . . How many butterfly problems can one girl take?
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