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Fireflies in December

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a book by Jennifer Erin Valent

When her best friend, Gemma, loses her parents in a tragic fire, Jessilyn's father vows to care for her as one of his own, despite the fact that Gemma is black and prejudice is prevalent in their southern Virginia town.

Author: Jennifer Erin Valent
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Date Published: December 8, 2008
1 review about Fireflies in December

Poignant debut story of friendship between two girls: black and white in 1930s Virginia

  • Apr 13, 2009
Rating:
+5
Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent is a powerfully moving story about the power of faith and family in the face of evil. Jessie Lassiter's life has been easy and predictable, until her best friend Gemma's parents are killed in a fire and Jessie's parents take her in as their own daughter. Gemma is black and in the South in 1932, that just isn't done. The Lassiters soon face burning crosses, violent attacks, and sabotage from the Ku Klux Klan and the rest of the community turns its back on both the Lassiters and the violence done to them. Jessie and Gemma grow as sisters and in faith as they try to understand hatred and to survive it. Valent has a beautiful writing voice that perfectly captures the sweltering heat of summer and the passion of true good and evil as they clash. This coming of age novel is haunting and will not let you go, even after you put it down. It's a terrific read for adults and for young adults as well.<br/><br/>

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