As a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award for his novel Flesh Wounds, Mick Cochrane has reaped praise for his distinct and clean writing style. In his memorable novel The Girl Who Threw Butterflies, Cochrane tells the uplifting tale of eighth-grader Molly Williams, a young girl attempting to cope with the death of her father.
Sometimes Fitz would look at himself in the mirror, an expression of pathetic eagerness on his face. He was a dog in the pound, wanting to be adopted. He'd smile. What father wouldn't want this boy? Fifteen-year-old Fitzgerald - Fitz, to his friends - has just learned that his father, whom he's never met, who supports him but is not a part of his life, is living nearby. Fitz begins to follow him, watch him, study him, and on an otherwise ordinary May morning, he executes a plan to force his father, at gunpoint, to be with him. Over the course of one spring day, Fitz and his father become real to one another.