A Newbery Award Winning Author
Ever since Solimar was a little girl, she has gone to the forest to observe the monarch butterflies during their migration. On the brink of her quinceanera, a mysterious event gives her a gift and a burden - the responsibility to protect the butterflies with her magical rebozo, or silk shawl. When a neighboring king overthrows the kingdom, it takes all of Solimar's courage to escape and embark on a dangerous journey to save her kingdom. But her pet bird, the butterflies she protects, and a magical rag doll are with her. Then she meets a river boy who knows the rapids. Even with help, can Solimar save her family, the kingdom, and the monarchs from a greedy king?