Firefly and the Quest of the Black Squirrel (The Fairy Chronicles Series #4)
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Firefly and the Quest of the Black Squirrel (The Fairy Chronicles Series #4)

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by J. H. Sweet, Tara Larsen Chang
     
 

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Illustrations By: Tara Larsen Chang

Inside you is the power to do anything

Anathema Bane has created a curse so powerful that it will not stop until all life on Earth is extinct ...

Firefly, along with some old and new friends, has been chosen to stop this Perfect Curse. To do so her fairy team must travel long roads, seek help from strange creatures, and,

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Illustrations By: Tara Larsen Chang

Inside you is the power to do anything

Anathema Bane has created a curse so powerful that it will not stop until all life on Earth is extinct ...

Firefly, along with some old and new friends, has been chosen to stop this Perfect Curse. To do so her fairy team must travel long roads, seek help from strange creatures, and, if they are brave enough, enter a place so hidden it can only be found under the light of a Blue moon.

What if you discovered you had magical fairy powers? Meet the girls of The Fairy Chronicles, otherwise normal girls like you with special gifts. Their extraordinary adventures will change the world!

Editorial Reviews

Another addition to J. H. Sweet's spellbinding Fairy Chronicles. Each fantasy novel spins out the story of an ordinary girl to whom Mother Nature grants the gift of a fairy spirit. Combining realistic elements and magic, these stand-alone fictions are perfect for girls in the preteen years.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402208751
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Series:
Fairy Chronicles Series, #4
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.28(d)
Lexile:
970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

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Firefly, Marigold, Periwinkle, and Thistle all sat quietly, thinking how horrible it would be if their fairy spirits were taken from them, and how sad it was that Magnolia would never remember any of the wonderful things about being a fairy. Periwinkle's snail spirit guide, perched on her shoulder, sighed and shook his head sadly.

Next, Madam Toad cleared her throat and said, "Now let me introduce our guest for today." As she said this, a small, solid-black squirrel stepped out from behind the trunk of the silver fir.

Meet the Author

J.H. Sweet has always looked for the magic in the everyday. She has an imaginary dog named Jellybean Ebenezer Beast. Her hobbies include hiking, photography, knitting, and basketry. She also enjoys watching a variety of movies and sports. Her favorite superhero is her husband, with Silver Surfer coming in a close second. She loves many of the same things the fairies love, including live oak trees, mockingbirds, weathered terra-cotta, butterflies, bees, and cypress knees. In the fairy game of "If I were a jelly bean, what flavor would I be?" she would be green apple. J.H. Sweet lives with her husband in South Texas and has a degree in English from Texas State University.

Ever since she was a little girl, Tara Larsen Chang has been captivated by intricate illustrations in fairy tales and children's books. Since earning her BFA in Illustration from Brigham Young University, her illustrations have appeared in numerous children's books and magazines. When she is not drawing and painting in her studio, she can be found working in her gardens to make sure that there are plenty of havens for visiting fairies.

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Firefly and the Quest of the Black Squirrel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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jeri-b-johnson More than 1 year ago
The story is wonderful and held my daughter's attention. She read for over an hour, something she never does because she doesn't usually like to read. When she finished the book, she asked me to get her more of the series, also something she never does. I read through this book to find out what might have fascinated her. I was fascinated. Real girls on a camping trip suddenly wisked off to take care of an important fairy matter. Color artwork, activities, magic, just the right length so as not to get bored or bogged down with detail. What's not to like? The setting was real to begin the book, and the story flowed smoothly into the magical parts. This made us feel connected and like the events could have really happened. I will be getting more of these for my daughter and I will also read them for enjoyment. A fine book, in my opinion, with nothing wanting.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Take a magical flight with fairies. The Fairy Chronicles Series takes readers on journeys with characters who solve problems and make a difference in the world. In each adventure, the Fairy Team, chosen by Madam Toad, is asked to take on a mission to save the world from peril. The fairies who undertake the challenges are real girls, just like girls everywhere, but who also have been given special gifts of fairy spirits. These gifts add to their own determination and skills to give them the ability to accomplish the tasks at hand. However, we are led to believe that these gifts are really present inside each of use, in other words, `the power to do anything¿. Truly a wonderful set of adventures to inspire, motivate, and make us dream of a better world, one where we can all make a huge difference if we put our minds and our wings to it.***Firefly's adventure has a life and death theme but is not too scary for children. The fairies set out to stop a goblin curse that has affected black squirrels and will soon spread to all others. We learn something about blue moons in this one and get to meet a squit, who might not be what we think he is. Fun but serious adventure. This one is more suspensful than the previous three adventures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We didn't even know that black squirrels exist. My 6 year old son and I have been reading this book together. We have learned that there really are black squirrels, and we have learned something about the cycles of the moon. He is actually pouring over a calendar trying to understand 'how the moon works' and we have done some looking at the actual moon. Now here's the really surprising part. He wants to try both kinds of asparagus, white and green, because this book has a segment on asparagus. How much better can a children's book get? Learning about animals and moons, and making children WANT to eat veggies. I have totally not even mentioned the fantasy parts of this book that include magical animals like a black stag and a squit, or goblins and dwarves. There is an important mission to break a curse too. My son also wants to go camping now, since that is how the fairies start off in the story. They are on a camping trip. Great, Great Book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always loved fairies, and I really like this book. The fairies go on a camping trip, then attend their fairy circle meeting. Then they set off on a mission to find a dwarf, the Black Stag, and blue moon clover needed to stop a terrible curse. They travel through the Forgotten Forest on their adventure, and of course they save the world in the end. The personalities of the girls are very likable, and the magical characters, in addition to the fairies, are a lot of fun. I highly recommend this book to all lovers of fairy stories, fairytales, children's fantasy, and wholesome stories with values and morals. ---Margaret Downy (teacher, collector of children's books, fairy lover, grandmother)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had no idea that there really are black squirrels and black deer. Once again, the writer of this series has mixed realism with fantasy for this story. The information about Blue Moons is also interesting. When my daughter and I Googled Blue Moons, we found out even more about them and are now watching for them. We also searched for black squirrels and have enjoyed the online pics of these little critters. We are wondering what the other colors in this story might mean. ¿Purple Meadow, Red Squit, White Meadow, Pink Periwinkle.¿ Is this just a variety of colors or do they mean something to the story? We have found a few things hidden in some of the other Fairy Chronicles books so this has made us curious. This series is taking a very interesting shape so far. The fairy camping trip described in this book, and the discussion about growing white asparagus, were also interesting. This story has a nice nature theme and it is our favorite so far of this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was somewhat skeptical about this series at first, but my daughter received this book as a gift and really liked it. She is now walking around the house saying ¿pop¿ to change into a fairy and asking if anyone has seen her wand. We have started reading the online books at the website. Some of them are funny and some of them are serious. A few of the stories are somewhere in the middle like this one. My daughter and I both like the many different characters. This book has good variety in that way since it is a story with a dwarf, a black squirrel, a squitt, goblins, a black stag, and brownies. The Forgotten Forest sounds like a beautiful and tranquil place. It really carried us away in the end.