Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberley Little - ADVISABLE

Little, Kimberley Griffiths The Time of the Fireflies, 368 p. Scholastic Press, 2014.  $19.

Content: G.  

At her mother’s insistence, Larissa and her family have moved back to her mother’s home town and opened an antique business, but nothing has gone right for Larissa at all.  One of her first days, the kids involved her in a common, dangerous prank and Larissa almost drowned.  She was left with horrible scar on her face that never seems to get better. And the doll that used to belong to her mother’s dead sister seems creepier than ever.  The night that Larissa receives a phone call on a phone that isn’t even plugged in seems to be the last straw.  “Follow the fireflies.” What does that mean?  It means that Larissa is the only one who can right a generations old wrong - a wrong that has been cursing Larissa’s family.  If she is going to break the curse, she will have to be brave and strong and also forgiving.  

Little’s mystery reminds me of Mary Downing Hahn’s novels - good mysteries for a middle reader.  


Cindy, Library Teacher

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