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The Time of the Fireflies

By Kimberley Griffiths Little   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545165631 Hardcover
368 Pages | 5.75" x 8.53" | Ages 8 to 12

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545634069 Ebook
368 Pages | Ages 8 to 12

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. Here 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.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for Circle of Secrets:

* "Little's rich, vivid prose and characterization create an intriguing universe in which realism and mysticism intertwine as the story's secrets unravel." —School Library Journal, starred review

"Readers will revel in the literary journey through a rare and unusual way of life." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Praise for The Time of the Fireflies:

"A satisfyingly creepy mystery, wrapped up in the bonds of family." —Publishers Weekly

"Larissa's first-person narration is fresh and engaging, and the richly evoked south Louisiana setting serves to ground this ethereal tale in a real time and place while contributing to the mysterious mood it requires. For those fond of exceedingly creepy but not-too-violent stories of the supernatural. Fans of Mary Downing Hahn will devour this one." —Kirkus

"This is a haunting, well-constructed tale that keeps readers guessing until the end. The feel of the old bayou infuses the story and the well-developed characters fit into the landscape, moving along in a plot filled with suspense, adventure, and mystery. A perfect choice for lovers of ghost stories, historical fiction, or just a good yarn." —School Library Journal