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Children's Fiction Orphans & Foster Homes

Chance and the Butterfly

by (author) Maggie De Vries

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Feb 2002
Orphans & Foster Homes
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2002
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2011
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2011
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


Every time Chance turns around, he gets in trouble. In school, he can't sit still. Reading is hard and math is harder, but anything to do with science fascinates him. When his class starts raising butterflies from caterpillars, Chance is hooked. School is suddenly fun again, but when he decides to take his caterpillar home, he learns that loving something often means letting it go.

About the author

MAGGIE DEVRIES’s latest novel, Hunger Journeys, won the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize and was called “historical fiction at its best” by CM Magazine. She has written eight other works for young readers, as well as one book for adults, Missing Sarah. A former children’s book editor and writer-in-residence for the Vancouver Public Library, she now focuses on teaching creative writing at the University of British Columbia and on her own writing.


Maggie De Vries' profile page


  • Short-listed, SYRCA Diamond Willow nominee
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily nominee
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch nominee
  • Short-listed, BC Book Prize - Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets

Editorial Reviews

"Chance and the Butterfly will touch the hearts and minds of those who experience it."

CM Magazine

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