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    The Knife and the Butterfly
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    ©2012
    ISBN-13: 978-0-7613-6156-5
    AR Quiz #: 148967
    AR Points: 7.00
    ATOS Level: 4.90
    Lexile Level: 790
    SRC Reading Level: 6.2
    Pages: 216
    Trim Size: 5 1/4 x 7 1/2
    Dewey: [Fic]
    Reading Grade Level: 7
    Interest Grade Level: 9-12
    Ages: 14-18
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    DESCRIPTION Ashley Hope Pérez
    After a marijuana-addled brawl with a rival gang, 16-year-old Azael wakes up to find himself surrounded by a familiar set of concrete walls and a locked door. Juvie again, he thinks. But he can't really remember what happened or how he got picked up. He knows his MS13 boys faced off with some punks from Crazy Crew. There were bats, bricks, chains. A knife. But he can't remember anything between that moment and when he woke behind bars.

    Azael knows prison, and something isn't right about this lockup. No phone call. No lawyer. No news about his brother or his homies. The only thing they make him do is watch some white girl in some cell. Watch her and try to remember.

    Lexi Allen would love to forget the brawl, would love for it to disappear back into the Xanax fog it came from. And her mother and her lawyer hope she chooses not to remember too much about the brawl—at least when it's time to testify.

    Lexi knows there's more at stake in her trial than her life alone, though. She's connected to him, and he needs the truth. The knife cut, but somehow it also connected.


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    About the Author
    Ashley Hope Pérez is the author of the YA novels Out of Darkness (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), The Knife and the Butterfly (Carolrhoda Lab, 2012), and What Can't Wait (Carolrhoda Lab, 2011). Her debut novel What Can't Wait won a spot on the 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for YA list, and The Knife and the Butterfly was included in the 2015 YALSA Popular Paperbacks list. Ashley grew up in Texas and taught high school in Houston before pursuing a PhD in comparative literature. She is now a visiting assistant professor of comparative studies at The Ohio State University and spends most of her time reading, writing, and teaching on topics from global youth narratives to Latin American and Latina/o fiction. She lives in Ohio with her husband, Arnulfo, and their son, Liam Miguel. Visit her online at http://www.ashleyperez.com/.
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    Awards for this Title
    Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award
    School Library Journal Top Books for Youth in Detention
    SSLI Book Award
    Tayshas Reading List
    YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
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    The ALAN Review
    "Perez gives the reader sympathetic yet critical insight into the world of gangs in Houston, Texas, and is careful to show the narratives of loss that drive so many young people to join them." --The ALAN Review

    Library Media Connection
    "This is a well-written, compelling story of the lost lives of young gang members." --Library Media Connection