Fireflies in December

CD - unabridged
Audio (8 discs)
Product Number: CK377
Released: Oct 29, 2009
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781440717536
Narrator/s: Kate Forbes
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This award-winning, coming-of-age gem by Jennifer Erin Valent recounts one farm family's struggle against racial bigotry in Depression-era Virginia. When Jessilyn's parents begin raising her best friend as their own daughter, this kindness toward a dark-skinned orphan triggers threats and violence. While teetering on the brink of womanhood, Jessilyn must learn to be a shining light in a dark world.


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Fireflies in December
Product Number: BX00002530
Product Number:Z3380
Product Number:CK377

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Narrator(s): Kate Forbes
Product Number Z3380
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781456110246
Product Number EB00039898
Released: Oct 13, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781414341552

Professional reviews

"In segregated Virginia, 1932, a white family takes in a black girl whose parents are killed in a fire. Thirteen-year-old Jessilyn tells the story of the community backlash that follows her family's act of kindness. Kate Forbes is perfect as the hot-tempered, determined young teen. She reads with a backcountry Southern accent, conveying Jessilyn's pain as she is shunned by adults and children, her anger and fear as she is terrorized by the Ku Klux Klan, and her joy as she finds worthwhile friends and a deeper faith. Forbes never breaks character as she keeps the suspense and intensity going in hushed, somber tones. Some scenes and words are difficult to listen to, but Forbes's compelling narration makes it impossible to stop. M.M.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"