Catching Fireflies (The Sweet Magnolias, #9)
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Catching Fireflies (The Sweet Magnolias #9)

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When bullying threatens to destroy a teen's life, painful memories resurface for dedicated high school teacher Laura Reed and pediatrician J. C. Fullerton. With the support of the Sweet Magnolias, they bring the town together to ensure that a promising student's future isn't ruined. And to establish once and for all that bullying has no place in Ser...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Harlequin MIRA (first published July 1st 2012)
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Romancing the Book
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Reviewed by Aubrey
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Catching Fireflies was an endearing read with a great message. Bullying is a topic that is close to many mother’s hearts because it happens so often. Even as an adult I have felt bullied by others. Serenity, South Carolina is not a town that takes such a serious matter lightly.

Misty Dawson is a 16 year old with a bright future ahead of her who starts skipping classes because of the cyber bullying that is going...more
Tracy
Fist off I just love Sherryl Woods Sweet Magnolia stories. They are always very uplifting and they also usually are based on something that is happening to real people and is not good. This time the book focuses on bullying. Teacher Laura Reed and pediatrician JC Fullerton are both vey worried about what they see happening to Misty Dawson. Only they really don't know what is happening, because neither Misty or her friends will talk. But Misty is not acting like herself so they know something is...more
Rebecca
When one of Laura Reed’s students keeps skipping class, she gets worried. Misty Dawson is a good student who never missed class before. She starts asking other teachers if Misty is skipping their classes, too. All of the teachers say Misty has been in class every day.
J.C. Fullerton is Misty’s pediatrician. He gets worried when Misty asks him for a doctor’s note to get out of class. He knows there is nothing physically wrong with her. He makes Misty talk to another adult about the situation. Mis...more
JoAnne
This book which continues the Sweet Magnolia series wrung every imaginable emotion out of me. Tears streamed down my cheeks, my nose got stuffy, I got a headache, there was some laughter, love and romance but mainly heartache, disbelief, angst and such sorrow. The message about bullying was a powerful one. Showing how a friend tried to do her best to help without getting trusted adults involved was heartwrenching but believable. There was the friendship of the various generation of Sweet Magnoli...more
Judy Collins
Have read a number of Sherryl Woods’ books and in Catching Fireflies the sweet magnolias come together to address the issue to bullying. You will hear different perspectives of bullying from a number of different characters. Misty experiences shame and fear which causes the victim of bullying to become silent. This is a great book for parents and teens as parents often are involved in their own drama and overlook what children and teens experience in their own world which can be very serious and...more
Jen
As a teacher I deal with this issues too often. This book did a good job of showing how teens being bullied feel and react. I despise bullying.
Becky
High School teacher Laura Reed and pediatrician J.C. Fullerton are both dedicated to their professions and have lived in Serentiy under each others radar for many years until Misty Dawson is being viciously bullied by the spoiled, jealous and mean Annabelle Litchfield. Bullying is not tolerated in any way or form or in school, so the two work together to find out how to stop this along with the whole community. With both Laura and J.C.'s emotional and past relationship baggage, they had no inten...more
Wendy Hines

Laura Reed is concerned when one of her bright students, Misty, is missing her classes. She knows that Misty wouldn't miss unless something was going on. So she tries to figure out what that is.

J.C. Fullerton is the town's doctor and he's concerned when Misty comes to him asking for a doctor's note to excuse her from class. Misty wont' stay why she needs to not go to school, and J.C. doesn't pressure her, but he wants to help her.


When Laura and J.C. get together, the sparks fly. Even though the...more
Dorine
Catching Fireflies (The Sweet Magnolias, #9) by Sherryl Woods 4.5 Blue Ribbons Courtesy of Romance Junkies. A teacher and a pediatrician fight fate with hilarious repartee as they try to convince everyone in Serenity, including themselves, that they're not dating. A very serious and often emotional experience with teenage bullying forces the entire town to take sides. Can this budding romance survive the conflict?

Serenity High School teacher Laura Reed becomes concerned when one of her straight-A students begins to miss classes. Not all of the student's...more
Rhonda
Catching Fireflies (The Sweet Magnolias) by Sherryl Woods
5 STARS This is the first Sweet Magnolias book that I have read. Wow what a hard and important subject to cover. Their was some information I did not realize. I could have done better at parenting. I like how the members of Sweet Magnolias are thier for each other. But I don't like the message that to be thier you have to drink. Laura Reed is worried about one of her students is missing only her class. She knows that Misty knows her subje...more
Jess
I loved this new edition to the Sweet Magnolias series. The main characters are J.C. Fullerton (the town pediatrician) and a high school teacher Laura Reed. Both are intimately aware of what can happen when children are bullied in school and are shocked when they discover that it is happening in their own town. J.C. and Laura work together to try to help a teen gather back her life after it is ripped to shreds when the school bully focuses in on her life. Not only is she bullied in person but it...more
Andrea Corley
Just as with most of Sherryl Woods books, this was truly a great read! I thoroughly enjoyed reading every part of this story. The Sweet Magnolia series is definitely one of a kind and worth a read for every single book.

How could one not love the many characters of Serenity and the Sweet Magnolia's? Each character has such different personalities and depths that capture your heart and make you feel like you're one of them, and yearn for the atmosphere that they are in.

The story is impeccable and...more
Janga
English teacher Laura Reed is concerned about one of her best students, Misty Dawson, who suddenly starts skipping classes. It’s a concern that pediatrician J. C. Fullerton shares after Misty comes to him seeking a medical excuse to avoid school. Misty is the victim of bullying. A queen bee who is unhappy that her boyfriend is paying too much attention to Misty is destroying her reputation by posting lies online and making her life miserable with slurs and threats at school. Misty confides only...more
Christi Snow
My Review:
This was such an amazing book, partly because it faces head-on a subject that has gotten a lot of press lately, bullying. BUT what this book does is shows the very real consequences of bullying...both with teens, children, and adults. It's a REALLY wonderful book and has such an amazing message.

In this book, J.C. (a pediatrician) and Laura (high school English teacher) are brought together by their concern for Misty, a junior in the high school. Misty is smart and talented and an all-a...more
Hsiau Wei
This book carries the story of bullying among schoolchildren and its effect on the target victim as well as the way one should handled it. The story started with Laura, an English teacher who noticed the dissappearance of Misty from her class and when she found out that it is only in her class that Misty did her dissapearance act, she intend to find out why. In the same time, Misty who was actually being subjected to bully by both Annabelle and Greg, went to see Doctor JC for him to give her a n...more
Jennifer
Most children by the time they are 12 years old have experienced some type of bullying. Often times it is carried out by peers in school or neighborhood children. It is usually cruel and cuts to the core of the person. This book is about a woman named Laura who discovers that one of her English students is being severely bullied by another child. In fact it is so bad that the girl has stopped coming to her classes and has been dramatically changing her behavior both in and out of her educational...more
Julie Barrett
Catching Fireflies A Sweet Magnolia Novel by Sherryl Woods
ISBN: 9780778313595
Laura Reed is a high school English teacher and she's noticed one bright girl has not been attending her classes.
Misty confided in her friend Katie, who had gotten in trouble for skipping school because of her and Misty was now being pressured to tell an adult about why she no longer wanted to go to school.
She had even gone to the doctor and made a deal with him that she'd talk to an adult about the problem.
And now the...more
The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

Most romances make use of one or more secondary plots, designed (in part) to provide conflict between the characters, place one or both of them in danger, or otherwise heighten the tension, romantic or otherwise. Generally, the secondary plot in a romance is just that: secondary to the main focus of the novel, the development of a romantic relationship between the two main characters. Catching Fireflies is unusual in that its plot involving bul...more
Darcy
I really liked the theme of bullying in this one, and what was best about it was that it wasn't resolved fast, it was more of a 1 step forward, 2 steps back thing, which is what would happen in real life. I loved that the whole community got behind Misty to support her, to find ways to get the bullying to stop, and to find ways that Misty could stand up for herself to take back control.

Another great thing about this one was that all 3 generations of the Sweet Magnolias banded together in their...more
Mareli
In this book the romantic factor was a bit behind the theme of the story, the bullying between adolescents.

I felt really sorry for the poor Misty and still I can't believe how bad the situation grew. Young people really can be cruel, mostly because they can hide under an internet account and be ugly without showing their faces.

I loved Laura very much, what a wonderful teacher! Unfortunately I didn't feel so much the romantic in their relationship. They were good.

Blodeuedd Finland
I liked this one, and it also dealt with a serious subject. And that had me racing towards the end.

Laura is a teacher, she is sweet and nice and does not date much. J.C. is a doctor, who never dates, and he is considered a catch. These two do not get out much due to ..things. They end up together cos of a case at the school where she works. One part is about their budding romance, and them trying to keep it quiet and deny everything (oh how those small town gossip, I love it!).

The second part is...more
Paula Ratcliffe
For starters I love the cover artwork that Sherryl Woods uses on her books they always look so beautiful. This one is one of my favorites. This is the story of teacher Laura Reed and Pediatrician J.C. Fullerton and more than them it's the story of Misty Davidson. When Misty is having trouble dealing with a group of popular kids at school she tries everything to get out of school from going to her teacher to get out of advanced English to her Doctor to get excused from school permanently. Both La...more
Roberta
This book was a very hard read for me. I cried through a lot of it. My son was bullied, the only difference between and Misty was that my son stood up to bullies from very beginning, and that made them go at him more. We need more teachers like the characters in this book. I know there are people like that out there but we need more. If my son had just one teacher or administrator that would of helped it could of made a world of difference. It's to late for him now. Ms. Woods the way you wrote M...more
Michele
Like the author of this timely and much needed book "Catching Fireflies" I could have been a target of bullying!! Always over weight and I had double vision--imagine 2 softballs coming at you!! I was never picked willingly for sports--but then I rarely made it to gym class!! I was a very inventive excuse maker back then!! I still shiver when I think of going up on a trampoline-the class made extra sure to be around that trampoline in a tight circle! When we were forced to do the 100 yard dash as...more
Dee
I don't understand why this book is overall rated a 4 1/2 stars. I thought the writing style along with the story line was just lame. I found myself reading only a few sentences on each page and still knew what was going on. This book could have been condensed to about 20 pages.
Beth
I didn't love this book but enjoyed the characters and themes. When Misty, a gifted high school student, begins skipping her class, advanced English teacher, Laura Reed, vows to get to the bottom of it. She enlists town pediatrician (and confirmed bachelor) J.C. Fullerton and they soon determine that Misty is indeed being bullied. Bullying is a deeply personal issue for both Laura and J.C., and as they work together to rally the needed town support, they cannot escape that their feelings for eac...more
Marsha
Probably my favorite of the Sweet Magnolias series. Focused on a high school girl being taunted and bullied online and a teacher and a pediatrician coming together to help her out.
Marcia Berg Haskell
My rating is really 4.5*. One of her best.

"When bullying threatens to destroy a teen's life, painful memories resurface for dedicated high school teacher Laura Reed and pediatrician J. C. Fullerton. With the support of the Sweet Magnolias, they bring the town together to ensure that a promising student's future isn't ruined. And to establish once and for all that bullying has no place in Serenity, South Carolina. Both J.C.'s and Laura's passion for the cause is deeply personal, and their growing...more
Krista
This was a book my mom loaned me and I grabbed it to read on a long plane ride. The Sweet Magnolia books are a cute series and great beach reads. This one tackled bullying in a surprisingly modern way and had me genuinely interested in how they'd resolve the issues. These aren't necessarily books that my friends are reading, but my mom and my aunt-in-law love the series and I think the characters are enjoyable enough that I'll keep tucking them into my purse when it's time to head to the cottage...more
Jasclyn
This is my first Sherryl Woods' book & I picked this because it was about 'bullying & kids'. The story was good but I felt there was too much of 'unnecessary talk' and I was lost as there were too many characters in the story. I couldn't get the 'connection' & relate to their background. I guess it was not a wise choice to start off with this book after all...
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