The Knife and the Butterfly

The Knife and the Butterfly

by Ashley Hope Pérez
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The Knife and the Butterfly by Ashley Hope Pérez

After a marijuana-addled brawl with a rival gang, 16-year-old Azael wakes up to find himself surrounded by a familiar set of concrete walls and a locked door. Juvie again, he thinks. But he can't really remember what happened or how he got picked up. He knows his MS13 boys faced off with some punks from Crazy Crew. There were bats, bricks, chains. A knife. But he can't remember anything between that moment and when he woke behind bars.

Azael knows prison, and something isn't right about this lockup. No phone call. No lawyer. No news about his brother or his homies. The only thing they make him do is watch some white girl in some cell. Watch her and try to remember.

Lexi Allen would love to forget the brawl, would love for it to disappear back into the Xanax fog it came from. And her mother and her lawyer hope she chooses not to remember too much about the brawl—at least when it's time to testify.

Lexi knows there's more at stake in her trial than her life alone, though. She's connected to him, and he needs the truth. The knife cut, but somehow it also connected.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761361565
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/2012
Pages: 210
Sales rank: 1,248,763
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: HL790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ashley Hope Pérez grew up in Texas and served in the Teach for America Corps in Houston. She has worked as a translator and is completing a PhD in comparative literature. She spends most of her time reading, writing, and teaching college classes on vampire literature and Latin-American women writers. Kirkus called her first novel, What Can't Wait, "Un magnífico debut." Ashley lives in Indiana with her husband, Arnulfo, and their son, Liam Miguel.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started reading it and so far it is really good