By Jennifer Valent
2010 Christy Award winner!
Jessilyn Lassiter by no means knew that hatred may lurk within the human middle until eventually the summer time of 1932 whilst she grew to become thirteen. whilst her ally, Gemma, loses her mom and dad in a sad fireplace, Jessilyn's father vows to deal with her as one in every of his personal, even though Gemma is black and prejudice is well-known of their southern Virginia city. Violence springs up as a ragtag band of Ku Klux Klan participants unite and judge to take concerns into their very own fingers. As tensions mount within the small neighborhood, loyalties are confirmed and Jessilyn is compelled to assert goodbye to the carefree days of her adolescence. Fireflies in December is the 2007 winner of the Christian Writers Guild's Operation First Novel contest, and a 2010 Christy Award winner.
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Well, Daddy had told Momma that Gemma was staying. That was settled. But I wondered about what Momma had said about violence, and I started to worry that maybe our lives were getting ready to change. My stomach hurt for the rest of the night. We lived in a small town where most people knew who we were, and up until that day in June, we were just the Lassiters. But after that day, we were mostly known as the people who took in the colored girl. It wasn舗t only the white people who thought we were crazy; it was the colored people too.
I figured she was right, but I wasn舗t about to give her the satisfaction of hearing me say it. Instead, I rejoined the party, grabbed a piece of cake, and stood by watching the boys scuff about with each other, playing some kind of rough-house tag. The other girls stood around watching the boys, giggling over how cute this one was and how strong that one was. I couldn舗t figure them out. 舠All that fussin舗 over boys,舡 I said through a mouthful of frosting. 舡 Ginny Lee Kidrey asked. 舠I舗m eatin舗.
Which one of you hurt my baby girl? 舡 I wasn舗t going to say a word because I didn舗t want to be known for a tattletale, but it didn舗t matter because I knew my daddy would figure it out. He had a sixth sense about those things. And Buddy舗s guilty face and the hard gulp he made when Daddy fixed his eyes on him made it pretty clear to anyone that he舗d done it. 舡 舠He did,舡 Ginny Lee said before Buddy had a chance to speak. 舡 Even though she was mad as a hornet, Momma went back to dressing my cut, leaving my daddy to take care of things like she knew he would.