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The Firefly Summer

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun, engrossing summer mystery touches upon parent's death.

The Firefly Summer

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A page-turner awash in fun summer traditions of a family of likable characters, this novel invites readers to hop in a canoe and go with the flow. The Firefly Summer deals with a parent's loss topically, not allowing the acid of grief to eat away at the family humor. There are tears, there is sadness, but it's fleeting and manageable. In other words, the lessons the characters learn tend to bring them together, rather than ripping them apart.

A refreshing read in the age of information, this book invites kids to unplug, play kickball with the family, make melty s'mores, and look at the stars. This light summer mystery for middle graders is a charmer.

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