The Girl Who Threw Butterflies

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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Eighth-grader Molly's ability to throw a knuckleball earns her a spot on the baseball team, which not only helps her feel connected to her recently deceased father, who loved baseball, it helps in other aspects of her life, as well.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2011, p2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781456113360
Characteristics: 1 sound file (5 hr.) : digital
Additional Contributors: Cabezas, Maria
Recorded Books, LLC


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MissJen Apr 21, 2011

I'm always surprised by how much I enjoy sports stories since I don't play sports much myself. The baseball part of this was excellent, but I could have used more play-by-play throughout the book; I loved when Cochrane talked about what drills they were doing at practice and how the coach focused on how much mental toughness and focus is required. I also really liked that Molly wasn't great all the time. She has a good knuckleball, but it doesn't work every time and she has to work hard and practice to make it better and get it working more consistently.

I thought the grief work was handled pretty well, I particularly resonate with Molly's desire to not have her father's death be the only defining thing about her, but the ending left me a little unsastified because a few things seemed too neat. The biggest plot point I noticed this with was Molly's mom wanting to move away from Buffalo and then at the end that desire just seems to have evaporated. I get that we're not seeing Molly's mom's grief process and it would be a complicated decision, but it just felt a little unrealistic to me that Molly's mom figured out Molly would be unhappy moving and "poof" they're not moving.

Listened to Recorded Books audio edition narrated by Maria Cabezas. Cabezas didn't do anything outright terrible with her narration, but it felt a little too flat and it was hard to distinguish Molly's voice from her friend Celia's sometimes. I think I would recommend reading this one rather than listening to it.


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MissJen Apr 21, 2011

A few short months. That’s how long it’s been since Molly’s father died in the car accident. Molly and her mom don’t talk about it. In fact, Molly knows all that her mom wants to hear is that everything is fine – 8th grade is fine, Molly’s friends are fine, Molly is fine. Molly’s mom doesn’t want to know that Molly is tired of being known as Miss Difficulty Overcome – identified only by surviving her father’s death. Molly’s mom certainly doesn’t want to know that Molly’s not going to be on the softball team this year. It’s not softball, it’s baseball that Molly and her dad connected over – practicing the butterfly pitch, a perfect knuckleball, over and over again in their backyard, spending hours watching games and discussing stats. So, almost without realizing it, it’s baseball that Molly decides to try out for, not softball. Of course, there’s no girl’s baseball team and before Molly knows it, it’s sure not her father’s death that’s being talked about. After all, whoever heard of a girl pitching for a boys’ baseball team?


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