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Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent
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Mar 16, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, general-fiction, christian-fiction, signed
Read in March, 2009

** spoiler alert ** A great story, well-developed. Were it not for the obvious parallels to that novel, this story has the potential of being the To Kill a Mockingbird of our day. That and the many anachronisms.

If there was a 3.5 rating, I'd give it but gave this debut novel the benefit of the split.

The anachronisms. Supposedly set in the rural south the Summer of 1932, the heroines isolated farm house featured electricity, indoor bathrooms, locking windows, electric lights and a liberal use of battery-powered flashlights. The feel--even including the role of the Ku Klux Klan and the Federal involvement against it--spoke more of the 50s or 60s.

The few times she gave sufficient details about the farming, she betrayed her ignorance of that subject also.

Lest readers disbelieve thirteen-year-olds could be so stupid and willful, I suggest remembering oneself at that age.

Note: despite the protagonist being a thirteen-year-old girl, this is not suitable reading for children. It probably is appropriate for teens.

Don't let these negatives dissuade you. This is an excellent book. Well worth reading.

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