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Some secrets last a lifetime…

When Becky and her mum move to the tiny village of Oakbridge, Mum is hoping for a fresh start. But when Becky discovers an old photo of Mum in hospital clutching an unknown baby, she becomes haunted by suspicions. Stifled and lonely, Becky is full of unanswered questions. Why can’t she swim? Where is her dad? Who is the baby in the photo? Why is her mum lying? The only place she finds comfort is at the beautiful Butterfly Garden with her new friend, the impulsive, wild-spirited Rosa May. But as the two girls spend more time together, Rosa May’s volatile behaviour suggests that she is hiding something as well. In this heat-drenched summer of butterflies and lies, Becky is all alone in the dark…

“Suspenseful and intriguing.” Sophie McKenzie

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Usborne Publishing Ltd

Date published

May 1st, 2012

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.7; Middle years; 8.0 points



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  1. Callie Shaw
    on 19 April 2012

    This book is amazing!!!

    I have just finished Butterfly Summer and it's one of the best books I've ever read. I'm only 9 so I'm not sure why it says it's for 11+. It's so creepy and sad and by the end you care about Becky and Rosa May SO much. I can't wait to see what Anne-MArie COnway writes next. She is amazing!

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What kids think

  1. Ef owl thumb 8

    on 2 June 2015

    This is possibly one of the best stories ever! It was suggested to me by a friend and then from me to my friends ! One of the books you must read before you die!

    5out of 5
  2. Bellasara 113282

    on 30 May 2014

    I loved this book. It was really good because I didn’t expect Rosa May to be Becky’s sister. I read it 1 day because i couldn’t put the book down. I recommend it to 10+ I want to read forbidden friends because it’s by the same author and so it will probably be really good aswell.

    5out of 5
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    on 9 March 2014

    I love this book so much and it is my second favourite all time book.

  4. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 1 March 2014

    I loved this book, I want to read it over and over and over infinity times over again! YOU HAVE TO GET IT!!!! I like the way she starts in oakbridge thinking “I hate this place” but she makes a new friend rosa may not knowing she was her sister,but only she could see her because she wasn’t alive but it isn’t like a scary movie it’s GREAT!

    I want to get the book forbidden friends because it is from the same author,I am sure it is going to be a great book!

    5out of 5
  5. Clarice thumb 136

    on 4 January 2014

    very good!

  6. Abigail 113288

    on 1 January 2014

    i borrowed this book from the library i love this book so much i think i might as well buy it i like the way that when your reading you don’t know that Rosa may and Becky are sisters yet ,but i still don’t get it is Rosa may real ? or is she a ghost or something.

    5out of 5
  7. Pearl 113298

    on 4 March 2013

    This book is beautiful. I have the ARC version as it isn’t published until May, so it has a different cover to the one that will actually be published. It is white with blue, shiny writing on the front and little blue silhouettes of butterflies. It’s gorgeous and I prefer it to the final book cover (above.)

    ‘Butterfly Summer’ is very predictable. Straight from the start, I knew that Rosa-May must be Becky’s sister. There were so many clues in the text and in dialogue that when Rosa-May told Becky that she was her sister, it wasn’t really a surprise to me. It would have been nice to have a bit more suspense building up to it. Saying that, though, there were still a lot of surprises and twists in the story to make up for it.

    I loved the sub-plot of Becky and Mack. I would have loved to read more about them together, but maybe there will be a sequel? Hopefully!

    I loved this book so much! I recommend it to girls aged 10+. 4.5/5!

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    on 7 June 2012

    I thoroughly enjoyed Butterfly Summer by Ann-Marie Conway- It’s probably the best book I have been given to review. At first, I wasnt sure whether or not I would enjoy the book as, reading the blurb, I do not really read paranomal/ghost book. I was proven wrong. I have recommended this book to all of my friends and became engrossed in Becky’s story as it was so difficult. If you’re like me (really girly) read this book and be ready for a surprise, This book is definately worthy of 5* and I think it deserves a sequel.

    Georgia, age 12

  9. Gruffalo 113679

    on 14 May 2012

    i think this will be a great book so i would love to read it. i hope i get it for doing good in my SATS.

    5out of 5