Flutter: The Story of Four Sisters and an Incredible Journey [NOOK Book]

Overview

A beautiful debut novel for fans of The Penderwicks

Big things are about to happen at Maple's house. Mama's going to have a baby, which means now there will be four Rittle sisters instead of just three. But when baby Lily is born too early and can't come home from the hospital, Maple knows it's up to her to save her sister. So she and sister Dawn, armed with a map and some leftover dinner, head off down a river and up a mountain to find the ...
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Overview

A beautiful debut novel for fans of The Penderwicks

Big things are about to happen at Maple's house. Mama's going to have a baby, which means now there will be four Rittle sisters instead of just three. But when baby Lily is born too early and can't come home from the hospital, Maple knows it's up to her to save her sister. So she and sister Dawn, armed with a map and some leftover dinner, head off down a river and up a mountain to find the Wise Woman, who guards a pool with miraculous powers. But the dangers Maple and Dawn encounter on their journey make them realize a thing or two about miracles--and about each other.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set in the 1970s, Moulton's charming debut explores the challenges and rewards of sisterhood. Nine-year-old Maple is devastated when her third sister, Lily, is born prematurely, with a weak heart. Determined to help, Maple decides to make a 30-mile trek into the Vermont woods to visit Old Lady Hope, the Wise Woman of the Mountains (a folkloric character of local legend), seeking a miraculous cure. When Maple's 11-year-old sister, Dawn, catches her leaving, she insists on coming along. The sisters make a fraught trip downriver and into the woods; their travels on land are no less suspenseful, as they encounter everything from a black bear to poachers who mistake them for animals. Throughout the turbulent journey, Maple remains optimistic and on the lookout for miracles, big and small. The girls' knowledge of the wilderness serves them well, and Moulton doesn't minimize the dangers they face or the consequences of their headstrong decision. While significant suspension of belief is required, readers willing to do so will find a heartfelt tale of familial love, with just a touch of magic. Ages 8–12. (May)
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—A moderately successful blending of a tender family story with a hair-raising adventure. Nine-year-old Maple feels unsettled when a monarch butterfly—out of season in chilly October Vermont—lights on the kitchen window; shortly afterwards, her mother goes into premature labor and baby Lily is born, small and weak. When feisty Maple overhears her father saying, "I am praying for a miracle," she believes that if she can only collect water from the fountain of the legendary old woman in the mountain, she'll have her miracle. Maple's first-person voice is authentic as she plots the dangerous journey and argues with her older sister who thinks it's too risky. Determined to save the baby, Maple won't be dissuaded, and eventually the sisters escape their grandmother's watchful eye and embark on an action-packed adventure that includes the hazards of a raging river, an encounter with a black bear, and poachers shooting deer—and almost the sisters. The use of the monarch butterfly, which appears several times during the journey as a sort of guardian spirit (and eventually accompanies them to the hospital), feels a little artificial, and some of the figurative language is awkward: "My throat twists like tree roots that have stood too long together." But the page-turner of a survival story, and the ultimate resolution that love, in this case a family's love for a baby, is the true miracle, will offer a satisfying read.—Caroline Ward, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—A moderately successful blending of a tender family story with a hair-raising adventure. Nine-year-old Maple feels unsettled when a monarch butterfly—out of season in chilly October Vermont—lights on the kitchen window; shortly afterwards, her mother goes into premature labor and baby Lily is born, small and weak. When feisty Maple overhears her father saying, "I am praying for a miracle," she believes that if she can only collect water from the fountain of the legendary old woman in the mountain, she'll have her miracle. Maple's first-person voice is authentic as she plots the dangerous journey and argues with her older sister who thinks it's too risky. Determined to save the baby, Maple won't be dissuaded, and eventually the sisters escape their grandmother's watchful eye and embark on an action-packed adventure that includes the hazards of a raging river, an encounter with a black bear, and poachers shooting deer—and almost the sisters. The use of the monarch butterfly, which appears several times during the journey as a sort of guardian spirit (and eventually accompanies them to the hospital), feels a little artificial, and some of the figurative language is awkward: "My throat twists like tree roots that have stood too long together." But the page-turner of a survival story, and the ultimate resolution that love, in this case a family's love for a baby, is the true miracle, will offer a satisfying read.—Caroline Ward, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Kirkus Reviews

Almost relentless peril besets two resourceful girls who seek a miracle cure for their ailing newborn sister in Vermont's mountains.

Maple, 9 1/2, and her older sister Dawn set out in search of the "Wise Woman of the Mountain," a folkloric formation in the Green Mountains, and "her" curative waters. What ensues is nonstop danger, making for fast reading. This doesn't add up to necessarily believable reading, however, as the sisters' adventures, which include encounters with a bear, rapids and poachers, would daunt adults with wilderness experience. While readers will turn pages to discover how all this is resolved and will sympathize with the girls' motives for the trek, they'll likely not buy that youngsters of these ages would believe in a magical presence and potion, and the sheer number of dangers strains credulity. Disappointing is the butterfly metaphor: Maple continually notices a monarch that acts as an encouraging totem and spirit guide at various dramatic stages throughout the novel. In the end, this turns out to be an unnecessary motif, because the girls ultimately learn that love and pulling together are really what effect miracles. Maple's first-person/present-tense, sometimes repetitive narration, which places readers in every hazardous moment, sometimes gets bogged down with inconsistent use of contractions.

A generally realistic portrait of sisterly conflict, and undemanding readers will enjoy the fast-paced action.(Adventure. 9-12)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101515068
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/12/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 166,898
  • Age range: 8 years
  • File size: 326 KB

Meet the Author

Erin E. Moulton has an MFA in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their dog.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    This is a great book

    I think you should read this it gets you really interseted. I was so intersted i read it in two days!!!

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    I think it's a good book

    I' not excactly done with the book, but I can't put it down. It's got such a heartwarming touch to it. Great book for nook!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2011

    Flutter

    This book sounds good and if u like books like this read the green glass sea

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    This is an awesome book

    This is an awesome book! It has a really good story lin to it too. And it is rated five stars average!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Favorite book of all time

    I love flutter it is my favorite book of all times i wish i owned it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2011

    Seems touching and good

    I havent read it but i totaly wantto. My next book. Dont mess up the five starz pleese. I really think its a good book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Jade Pack

    Best book ever I have read the book so many times its so good with a heart warming story that fills your heart with sadness and joy with twists and turns you dont exspect to happen such a good book and good author if you like storys that are adventurous, outdoorz, sad, heartfelt, joyful you will love thos book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Great book

    I have the real thing and i can not put it down i am about to read ivjust had to see if i could find it on my nook and i had to put a comment

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    Fluttershy

    Discord? Are you here?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Awesome

    That is a very awesome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    I WILL GIVE YOU MONEY

    This book sounds really sad hopeful if you think this book is good you are wrong this book is awsome ive never read it but i heard its awesome so tell me what you think~Rayven Franks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    OMG

    My friend let me read some of this book,and I loved it! I only read the first page and a half!! :) :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Amazing!!!

    I love this book a lot! 6 years + this is your book if you are a butterfly lover!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

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    Best book ever and has cool name

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Good Book

    Very Good Book....worth buying

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Flutter

    Great read

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Anonymous

    I lovvvveeeer this book i could not put it down .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Great Book!

    This is a great, touching, loving story. It is one of my FAVORITES!!! I reccomend this book to everyone!

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