My Fate According to the Butterfly by Gail D. Villanueva
Light and deep, smart and funny, crushing and hopeful all at the same time, My Fate According to the Butterfly will open your eyes to both the world’s potential for magic, and to its harsh realities.

Available as Paperback on 2 February 2021


A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2019
An Amazon Best Book of the Month Editor's Pick
NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

When superstitious Sab sees a giant black butterfly, an omen of death, she knows that she’s doomed!

According to legend, she has one week before her fate catches up with her–on her 11th birthday. With her time running out, all she wants is to celebrate her birthday with her entire family. But her sister, Ate Nadine, stopped speaking to their father one year ago, and Sab doesn’t even know why.

If Sab’s going to get Ate Nadine and their father to reconcile, she’ll have to overcome her fears–of her sister’s anger, of leaving the bubble of her sheltered community, of her upcoming doom–and figure out the cause of their rift.

So Sab and her best friend Pepper start spying on Ate Nadine and digging into their family’s past to determine why, exactly, Ate Nadine won’t speak to their father. But Sab’s adventures across Manila reveal truths about her family more difficult than she ever anticipated, and get her into real trouble.

Was the Butterfly right? Perhaps Sab is in danger after all!

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Book Launch

Thank you for making the book launch of My Fate According to the Butterfly successful! It was held on 2019 August 4, 10:30AM to 12:00PM (Manila Time) at the 2019 Philippine Readers and Writers Festival in Raffles Makati, Makati City, Philippines. Check out the launch photos here!

About Gail D. Villanueva

Gail D. Villaneuva

Gail D. Villanueva is a Filipino author born and based in the Philippines. My Fate According to the Butterfly, her debut novel, was a 2019 Kirkus Best Book of the Year and an NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. She’s also a web designer, an entrepreneur, and a graphic artist. She loves pineapple pizza, seafood, and chocolate, but not in a single dish together (ewww). Gail and her husband live in the outskirts of Manila with their dogs, ducks, turtles, cats, and one friendly but lonesome chicken.

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Jacket Design by Baily Crawford. Jacket Art © 2019 by Oriol Vidal.