Item description for Fireflies In December (Calloway Summers) by Jennifer Erin Valent...
Overview When her best friend, Gemma, loses her parents in a tragic fire, Jessilyn Lassiter's father takes her in and vows to care for her, despite the fact that Gemma is black and the Lassiter family faces threats from the community.
Publishers Description 2010 Christy Award winner Jessilyn Lassiter never knew that hatred could lurk in the human heart until the summer of 1932 when she turned 13. When her best friend, Gemma, loses her parents in a tragic fire, Jessilyn's father vows to care for her as one of his own, despite the fact that Gemma is black and prejudice is prevalent in their southern Virginia town. Violence springs up as a ragtag band of Ku Klux Klan members unite and decide to take matters into their own hands. As tensions mount in the small community, loyalties are tested and Jessilyn is forced to say good-bye to the carefree days of her youth. "Fireflies in December" is the 2007 winner of the Christian Writers Guild's Operation First Novel contest, and a 2010 Christy Award winner.
From Publishers Weekly When her best friend Gemma's parents are killed in a house fire, Jessilyn Lassiter's parents take the girl in. Trouble is, the year is 1932, Gemma is black, the Lassiters are white, and they live in a small Virginia town. Spunky Jessilyn is 13 years old, but her story will appeal to readers of all ages. Winner of the Christian Writers Guild's 2007 Operation First Novel contest, Valent's debut is both heartwarming and hand-wringing as it shows how one family endured the threats small and large of a prejudiced community while maintaining moral integrity. The cast of characters is rich. Jessilyn's mother wrestles with the social cost of challenging convention, her father is a dream dad and the neighbor's wisdom is as spicy as her cake. Jessilyn's romantic interest and penchant for trouble keep the tone light while the plot reminds readers of the evil that ordinary human beings are capable of doing, even in the name of righteousness. The book stares down violence and terror, making its affirmation of surprising goodness believable. (Jan.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Awards and Recognitions Fireflies In December (Calloway Summers) by Jennifer Erin Valent has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christy Awards - 2010 Winner - First Novel category
Citations And Professional Reviews Fireflies In December (Calloway Summers) by Jennifer Erin Valent has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 12/01/2008 page 31
Booklist - 12/01/2008 page 22
Romantic Times - 01/01/2009 page 63
CBA Retailers - 01/01/2009 page 34
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.24" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.88" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2009
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
Series Calloway Summers
ISBN 1414324324 ISBN13 9781414324326