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{The Time of the Fireflies: Kimberley Griffiths Little}The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberley Griffiths Little
Series: Bayou Bridge, Louisiana
Published by Scholastic Press on July 29, 2014
Genres: Childrens, Middle School, Science Fiction
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: Scholastic Press
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5 Stars



{Synopsis} – 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.

{My thoughts} – Larissa is your average twelve year-old girl. She has a mother and a father and soon is going to become a big sister. However, she also lives in an antique shop that is very strange and she is getting off phone calls from dead phones with no connection.

A year ago she almost drowned, she doesn’t recall much of the situation or what had happened during that time period but she does know that she came awfully close to death. She also knows that her aunt Gwen had tragically died in a similar manner.

Larissa starts getting really strange phone calls that change her whole life. A girl on the other end of the phone tells her to find the fireflies, trust the fireflies. She does what the voice says even though she is scared out of her mind.

Her family has secrets that have been buried and the fireflies help her to learn what those secrets are. They help her to put together the puzzle that can help her make things right that had been done wrong in the past. They help to show her how to save her family.

This book is incredibly well written. It transitions so nicely that it is flawless on all accounts. If you want to learn more about Larissa and her family, how she nearly died and how her aunt Gwen had died, how she saves her family in the end and makes things right, you should get this book. It isn’t what I would call ordinary by any means, but it is a wonderful read and you will fly through the pages just like I did. Larissa is a very lovable character.

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