Paper Butterflies

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

June’s life at home with her stepmother and stepsister is a dark one—and a secret one. Not even her dad knows the truth, and she can’t find the words to tell anyone else. She’s trapped like a butterfly in a net. Then June meets Blister, a boy from a large, loving, chaotic family. In him, she finds a glimmer of hope that perhaps she can find a way to fly far, far away. Because she deserves her freedom. Doesn’t she?

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Young Adult
Category Diverse Books: Mental Health & Neurodiversity, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 272
Publication Date 2017-10-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF058170, YAF018000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 520
ATOS Reading Level 3.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 190772
Accelerated Reader® Points 9.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed

Author: Lisa Heathfield

Lisa Heathfield is an award-winning author and a former high school English teacher. She lives with her family in Brighton, England.


  • Virginia Readers' Choice Award Nominee, Nominated, 2020



“[A] beautifully heartbreaking story . . .”—VOYA

School Library Journal

“A good selection for large libraries serving young adults.”—School Library Journal


“June’s story is all the more heartbreaking because her visceral account, though fiction, is undoubtedly a reality for children suffering from abuse behind closed doors. . . . [T]his novel, a 2017 Carnegie Medal nominee in Great Britain, manages to end on a hopeful note.”—Booklist

The Guardian

“A harrowing account of abuse, retaliation and love against the odds. . . .®eaders feeling tough enough to traverse Heathfield’s dark places will find transporting joy in her interludes of sunlight.”—The Guardian