Publisher's Note:  

Critically acclaimed author Kimberley Griffiths Little spins a thrilling story of one girl's race to unravel the curse that has haunted her family for generations.

When Larissa Renaud starts receiving eerie phone calls on a disconnected old phone in her family's antique shop, she knows she's in for a strange summer. A series of clues leads her to the muddy river banks, where clouds of fireflies dance among the cypress knees and cattails each evening at twilight. The fireflies are beautiful and mysterious, and they take her on a magical journey through time, where Larissa learns secrets about her family's tragic past -- deadly, curse-ridden secrets that could harm the future of her family as she knows it. It soon becomes clear that it is up to Larissa to prevent history from repeating itself and a fatal tragedy from striking the people she loves.

With her signature lyricism, Kimberley Griffiths Little weaves a thrilling tale filled with family secrets, haunting mystery, and dangerous adventure.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Scholastic Press (A Scholastic Imprint)

The Time of the Fireflies

by Kimberley Griffiths Little

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Overall Review:  

The Time of the Fireflies, by Kimberley Griffiths Little, is a magical exploration of the culture and history of life on the bayou in the American South.  It is a tale of forgiveness, family, friendship, tragedy and love--with a dash of magic and time travel!  The central character, Larissa, is a strong girl struggling with issues of self-identity, friendship, and parents that many a young girl will relate to.  The characters are all vivid, the dialogue believable and engaging, the setting mysterious and magical.  The added elements of time travel, or "time-slipping," and a dose of voodoo magic inject a flavor of spooky mystery to the tale, though Little shows enough restraint to keep it from being disturbing or terribly frightening to young readers.  A pleasing story of discovery with a wonderful Southern flair!

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Profanity/Language:  5 religious exclamations.


Violence/Gore:  Main character almost drowns, scarred face from injuries; few mildly spooky scenes; mentioning of family members' tragic deaths.


Sex/Nudity:  None

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Tragic deaths of family members, voodoo magic/spirits.

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Reviewed By Kristen
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