The Time of the Fireflies

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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 ...

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Overview


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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/19/2014
Little returns to the Louisiana bayou setting of The Healing Spell and Circle of Secrets in a summer story that follows 12-year-old Larissa Renaud in her quest to save her family from past tragedies that are bleeding into their future. It all begins with an ominous call from a disconnected phone in the antique shop her family has moved into. “Find the fireflies. Trust the fireflies,” insists a mysterious voice that somehow knows who Larissa is. Her family has recently returned to her mother’s childhood town so Larissa’s mother can make peace with her sister Gwen’s death. After Larissa learns that the fireflies can transport her to the past, she tries to unpack decades-old secrets that may threaten her family in the present day and that seem to be connected to a doll that belonged to her mother’s late sister. Little’s strengths lie in building a strong sense of the history of a place, its inhabitants, and how one can greatly affect the other. A satisfyingly creepy mystery, wrapped up in the bonds of family. Ages 8–12. Agent: Tracey Adams, Adams Literary. (Aug.)
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Praise for WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES CAME

"Readers should respond to this perplexing puzzle and its resourceful heroine."
--KIRKUS REVIEWS
"Engrossing -- right from the very first line." --BOOKPAGE

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 HEALING SPELL

"An incantational tale of Cajun magic and gators in the bayou and of the love and silence between mother and daughter." --Richard Peck, Newbery Award-winning author of A YEAR DOWN YONDER
"[A] well-crafted story about fully drawn people. The bayou, with its rich culture, is an atmospheric character that overlays the story with mystery and dread. A special offering for readers seeking a challenge of the heart as well as the mind."
--BOOKLIST

Children's Literature - Justina Engebretson
On the second day of summer, Larissa Renaud receives an unnerving call from a disconnected antique phone in her parents’ store. The strange voice of a girl, who knows Larissa by name, pleads with her to find and trust the fireflies, but before the girl can explain more, the phone call is cut off. This is only the start to Larissa’s summer adventure, which will continue to get more confusing and more terrifying before it is over. When Larissa finds the fireflies, she is transported back in time where she discovers an old family mystery that may be linked to the many tragedies that have cursed her family in every generation. Will Larissa be able to figure out how to stop the curse and save her own generation from experiencing another tragedy? As the strange girl on the phone warns, it truly is a matter of life and death, and Larissa is running out of time. Open this middle reader for a bizarre adventure that unnerves with its voodoo darkness and charms with its poignant relationships, while taking the reader to a time and place where enemies may be true friends and things in life are not always as they appear. The plot, writing, and characterization in this book are truly as beautiful and mysterious as fireflies themselves. Larissa’s character is full of depth and emotion, and readers cannot help but experience her feelings of bitterness, revenge, envy, and regret. Overall, this middle reader is riveting from beginning to end, with suspense and twists that are not fully unraveled until the final page is turned. Reviewer: Justina Engebretson; Ages 10 to 14.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-04
Disconnected vintage telephones occupy an entire section of Bayou Bridge Antiques. When one of them suddenly starts ringing, the eeriness quickly escalates.The voice on the line orders Larissa to follow the fireflies, and when she obeys, she is transported through time to witness scenes from various moments in her family's past. As she tries to puzzle out what is happening to her, Larissa realizes that there is a constant in all of the riveting vignettes she witnesses: the presence of a beautiful, perhaps-magical doll that is now one of her mother's prized possessions. Larissa must figure out how the doll figures into her family history, which has been plagued by tragedies, including Larissa's own near-drowning, before her mother and unborn baby sister become the next victims. Suspense builds quickly and doesn't falter until the mystery is solved and restitution is made for long-ago transgressions. 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. (Paranormal thriller. 9-12)
School Library Journal
05/01/2014
Gr 4–6—Larissa Renaud's scar burns down the side of her face every time the doll her Mamma keeps locked in the upstairs cabinet looks at her. The angry slash reminds Larissa of her terrible accident at Bayou Bridge, the same bridge where her aunt Gwen drowned as a young girl. The scar warns Larissa not to play with or talk to any of the kids in the town who forced her off the bridge. The scar makes Larissa think that her Mamma, pregnant and anxious, doesn't think she is beautiful anymore. Then Larissa starts getting phone calls on an ancient telephone in her parents' antique store—a phone that has long been disconnected from the wall. "Trust the fireflies," the voice tells her. Believing that the message is a matter of life and death for her family, Larissa lets the fireflies swirl her across the dangerous river to travel back in time to her ancestor's rich sugarcane estate. Bouncing through the generations, Larissa begins to piece together the history of the blue-eyed heirloom doll, Anna Marie, that her mother keeps. Bought on the Island of the Dolls and infused with a powerful spirit, the doll that Larissa's great-great-grandmother stole from a servant girl became a curse for each generation thereafter. The evil doll has been at each tragic, untimely death, and Larissa soon figures out it is her Mamma and her newly born sister, Emilie, who are the next targets. Can Larissa find a way to save her family, and perhaps heal her own wounds? 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.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545165631
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/29/2014
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 151,820
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Kimberley Griffiths Little is the author of THE HEALING SPELL, CIRCLE OF SECRETS, and WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES CAME, as well as dozens of short stories that have appeared in numerous publications, and the novels BREAKAWAY, ENCHANTED RUNNER, and THE LAST SNAKE RUNNER. She is the winner of the Southwest Book Award. Kimberley lives near the banks of the Rio Grande in New Mexico in a solar adobe house with her husband and their children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2015

    Great book

    This book is great but scary and sad but at the end it's all fine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2015

    Go back in time with Larissa in Time of the Fireflies. Kimberley

    Go back in time with Larissa in Time of the Fireflies. Kimberley takes you on a great time travel adventure in early 1900 Louisiana. Learn about Larissa family legacy and the incredible Mansion on the Bayou they once lived in and how the past always affect our future. A great mystery and adventure for Larissa. You'll never see the end coming. A great read for all ages!

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  • Posted January 31, 2015

    Time of the Fireflies is yet another haunting and riveting tale

    Time of the Fireflies is yet another haunting and riveting tale set in the bayou and described so vividly that you feel
     as if you're there.  I love these stories written by Kimberley Griffeths Little - written about different girls in the same
     community, yet not necessarily friends.  Not only is each story incredibly adventurous, there is a lesson to be 
    learned that mere acquaintances have whole lives with which we are not aware - yet if we were, we would
    endeavor to make them a dear friend.

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  • Posted December 29, 2014

    All of Little's bayou books are fantastic! While THE TIME OF THE

    All of Little's bayou books are fantastic! While THE TIME OF THE FIREFLIES isn't my favorite of them (that would be THE HEALING SPELL or CIRCLE OF SECRETS), it's definitely worth picking up. With a lush, vivid setting; an intriguing family mystery; and some fun magical elements, it's a great read for both kids and adults. Good luck not getting sucked into it and the whole series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    !!!!!

    Awesome book even though i am not reading it on my nook i still love it!

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