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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; First Edition edition (December 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414324324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414324326
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Little does anyone realize that simple Christian charity will inflame the bigots and hatemongers in this small Virginia town. Escalating episodes of horrific violence ensue, including sexual attacks directed at 13-year-old Jessilyn Lassiter, the novel’s narrator, after her white family takes in her black best friend, Gemma, when she is orphaned by a tragic fire. Winner of the Christian Writers Guild’s 2007 Operation First Novel contest, Valent has created a darkly evocative historical novel that boldly explores the divisive effects of unreasoning hatred, greed, and fear on a community already struggling with the economic and racial tensions caused by the Depression and exacerbated by the Ku Klux Klan. As these forces impact one family, childhood innocence is lost, but Valent’s characters also experience the affirmation of a deeper, more lasting faith. --Lynne Welch

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"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." --Publishers Weekly, December 1, 2008, starred review

Little does anyone realize that simple Christian charity will inflame the bigots and hatemongers in this small Virginia town. Escalating episodes of horrific violence ensue, including sexual attacks directed at 13-year-old Jessilyn Lassiter, the novel's narrator, after her white family takes in her black best friend, Gemma, when she is orphaned by a tragic fire. Winner of the Christian Writers Guild's 2007 Operation First Novel contest, Valent has created a darkly evocative historical novel that boldly explores the divisive effects of unreasoning hatred, greed, and fear on a community already struggling with the economic and racial tensions caused by the Depression and exacerbated by the Ku Klux Klan. As these forces impact one family, childhood innocence is lost, but Valent's characters also experience the affirmation of a deeper, more lasting faith. --Booklist, December 1, 2008

More About the Author

Jennifer Erin Valent is the 2007 winner of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild's Operation First Novel contest and 2010 Christy Award winner for Fireflies in December. She lives in central Virginia, where she has worked as a nanny for over fifteen years. A lifelong resident of the South, her surroundings help to color the scenes and characters she writes. Visit her Web site at www.jennifervalent.com.

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97 of 100 people found the following review helpful By C.J. Darlington on December 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
"The summer I turned thirteen, I thought I'd killed a man."

In these first eleven words of Fireflies in December we realize Jessilyn Lassiter's world is pregnant with change. Not only is she walking that tenuous line between childhood and womanhood, but during the summer of 1932 Jessilyn finds herself in the crosshairs of man's hatred for his fellow man.

When her best friend Gemma's parents are tragically killed in a fire, Jessilyn's father takes the girl in. No matter that she's as dark as coffee and sticks out in their white family like a sheep in a cow field. Harley Lassiter sees people for their hearts, not their skin color. If only the rest of Calloway County felt the same way. Soon Jessilyn is ostracized by whites and blacks alike. This racial mingling "just ain't done", and it isn't long before the Lassiter family becomes a target for something much more sinister, and deadly. The Klu Klux Klan.

In Fireflies in December Valent has skillfully dropped us into the middle of southern Virginia during a turbulent time in our country's history. Less than seventy years had passed since the Civil War, and unfortunately not everyone embraced its outcome. The Great Depression's talons still clung to many families. "Things were poor, especially in our parts, and for having a working farm and a good truck, we were fortunate. We even had some conveniences that other people envied, like a fancy icebox and a telephone..."

Fear has a way of bringing out the worst in folks, and perhaps that's why racism was still so prevalent in the south of 1932. As I read this novel, I found myself amazed that such hatred existed.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Sharon W. Richards on May 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I just finished one of the most delightful novels I have read in a long time. Jessilyn Lassister is a captivating 13 year old girl in the South in the early 1930's. Although this book is suited for all age groups I found as a woman in my sixties I had the joy of reliving that summer I turned 13 along with Jessie. Jennifer Valent invited the reader into the pages of the novel and as each page turned one could feel what Jessie felt, the heat, the emotions, etc. As other reviewers have mentioned it will cause you to search your own heart to check your prejudice level. It raised the question would you respond to Jessie's family decision the same way as the town or would you be more like Miss Cleta? I will be keeping my eye out for new books from Jennifer who has a real story telling gift.
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45 of 60 people found the following review helpful By bonsai bulldog on January 3, 2010
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I almost quit reading this novel after the first few pages, but stuck it through in the interest of giving it a fair chance. It did not get any better. The characters were one-dimensional and cliched, the plot was predictable, and there was no literary depth whatsoever. The moral lesson was overly simple with no intriguing subtleties at all. It's been done before, and done far better.

It's not that the author is a bad writer entirely. She has a talent for putting together good sentences. She does a better job with dialect than many writers do. Unfortunately, to my ear, the dialect was overdone to the point that I was hearing "The Beverly Hillbillies" whenever a character spoke after just so long. It became caricatured. Sometimes, it seemed that a phrase was used just for the sake of the phrase itself, even if it didn't quite fit. For example, "There ain't no call to be hangin' up my bloomers." Huh? The mother was hanging up laundry, like always, except that the daughter was embarrassed to have her underwear seen by the boy she had a crush on. I can see her begging her mother not to put them up just then, but to say, "there ain't no call" to do it just shows a lack of understanding of the precise meaning of the phrase.

In another instance, the mother writes in a note, "Daddy's hankerin' for some ice cream." Okay, even though we're going to leave off every "g" at the end of every word every character speaks in the interest of making it sound precisely like they're saying it, those people are not going to be writing their words without the g on the end--not unless they're extremely uneducated, which does not seem to be the case with these characters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Teacher on June 27, 2010
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A good first novel for the most part. All the pieces are in place and the writing is pretty strong. But it just didn't grab me because I "knew" all along what was going to happen. No surprises. I kept wishing the author would dig a little deeper, but it remained tepid. Would probably be a good read for ages 10-12.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Lohr on December 29, 2009
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I downloaded this book for free, and now I see it's selling for over $9 (kindle edition). Had I paid that for it, I think I would have felt like I didn't get my money's worth. I liked it well enough, but it's a little more suited to teens or young adults. Not a bad story, a little predictable, and reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird, Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry, and other books about racism in the South.
I just found it a little too simple. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but as I said,the simple story and lack of subtlety make it a better read for teens. I could easily see it being read in an 8th or 9th grade classroom, and generating lots of thought and discussion about the mores of the 1930s in the South.
I gave it 3 stars. A nice, quick and entertaining read.
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