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Summer of the Mariposas is a magical Mexican American retelling of The Odyssey - and a celebration of sisterhood and maternal love.

When Odilia and her four sisters find a dead body in the swimming hole, they embark on a hero's journey to return the dead man to his family in Mexico. But returning home to Texas turns into an odyssey that would rival Homer's original tale.

With the supernatural aid of ghostly La Llorona via a magical earring, Odilia and her little sisters travel a road of tribulation to their long-lost grandmother's house. Along the way, they must outsmart a witch and her Evil Trinity: a wily warlock, a coven of vicious half-human barn owls, and a bloodthirsty livestock-hunting chupacabras. 

Can these fantastic trials prepare Odilia and her sisters for what happens when they face their final test: returning home to the real world, where goddesses and ghosts can no longer help them?

©2015 Guadalupe Garcia McCall (P)2020 Listening Library

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This is a beautiful story of sisterhood and coming of age. I loved it! I will never forget the journey of the Garza Girls.
The performance, however, is not great. The voice sounded almost robotic. It felt cold and inauthentic.

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zero consequences

This story would have been better if it finished after they returned the body to his family. instead, the whole tone of the book changes and the Garza Girls go on a magical adventure. Every problem is solved by wishing on a magic earring. The ten-year-old whines like a toddler. The girls make bad decision after bad decision, then wish themselves out of the consequences. I had high hopes for this book.