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Publication Date: 4 May 2017
Subject: Younger teen novels
Suitable for: Secondary (Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9)
AR: 5.0 MY+
A girl fights to find a way back to her island home, and her mother, when a new government official bans anyone without leprosy from living there.
Amihan lives on Culion Island, where some of the inhabitants - including her mother - have leprosy. Ami loves her home - with its blue seas and lush forests, Culion is all she has ever known. But the arrival of malicious government official Mr Zamora changes her world forever: islanders untouched by sickness are forced to leave. Banished across the sea, she's desperate to return, and finds a strange and fragile hope in a colony of butterflies. Can they lead her home before it's too late?
NOTE : Part of the story is set in an orphanage, supervised by a government inspector. He punishes one of the children by keeping her in a room where chloroform is stored. This makes her feel ill but she soon recovers.
Also includes a description of a lepidopterist "processing" a butterfly with chloroform before adding it to his collection.
NOTE : Costa Book Awards Shortlist 2017
NOTE : Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award Best Story 2018
NOTE: Carnegie Longlist 2018
NOTE: Children's Book Award Shortlist 2018
NOTE : Book banded by Peters.
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