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Author: McGhee, Alison
Illustrator: Ruddell, Chris
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Year Published: August 18th 2015
ISBN: 978-1442423367
Grades: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5

Firefly Hollow

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Firefly and Cricket have big dreams for little insects. Firefly wants to become an astronaut, and Cricket wants to be a famous baseball player. These dreams are ridiculed by the others of their kind, their ‘nations’. Both Cricket and Firefly have been watching the giants who live near them, one of which is smaller than the others. Soon, they discover that the giant’s name is Peter, and, although they have been warned by their nations not to trust giants, they begin to be friends with Peter when they find that he can understand them. As the three friends share their dreams, hopes and fears with one another, they are joined by the aging Vole, the only survivor of a flood which killed his people. McGhee shows their growing friendship in a gentle and, at times, humorous way. While the deep subjects of death, fear, obstacles, and dreams are covered, the story never becomes bogged down. Readers will learn the lessons without knowing it, which is the true power of a good story. Reminiscent of Charlotte’s Web and the Wind in the Willows, this is destined to become a classic

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