Fireflies by Alice Hoffman

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Alice Hoffman reveals the magic in everyday life in her first book for children. Bumbling Jackie Healy becomes an unexpected hero when the fireflies fail to show up on the first of May and his town is frozen in endless winter. Age 5-8.

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Alice Hoffman, an American novelist and screenwriter, was born in New York City on March 16, 1952. She earned a B.A. from Adelphi University in 1973 and an M.A. in creative writing from Stanford University in 1975 before publishing her first novel, Property Of, in 1977. Known for blending realism and fantasy in her fiction, she often creates richly detailed characters who live on society's margins and places them in extraordinary situations as she did with At Risk, her 1988 novel about the AIDS crisis. Her other works include The Drowning Season, Seventh Heaven, The River King, Blue Diary, The Probable Future, The Ice Queen, and The Dovekeepers. Her book, The Third Angel, won the 2008 New England Booksellers' Award for fiction. Two of her novels, Practical Magic and Aquamarine, were made into films. She has also written numerous screenplays, including adaptations of her own novels and the original screenplay, Independence Day. In 2014 her title, The Museum of Exteaordinary Things made The New York Times Best Seller List. Wayne McLoughlin studied art at San Diego State University and has worked as a writer and illustrator for such magazines as Esquire and National Lampoon. His books for children include Fireflies, by Alice Hoffman, Here is the Wetland, by Madeleine Dunphy (both Hyperion), and Loch, by Paul Zindel. He lives with his wife and daughter in Bellows Falls, Vermont.
Published September 1, 1997 by Hyperion. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the meantime, Jackie Healy falls, breaks things, trips, and believes that his parents would prefer ``the sort of boy who could skate in a perfect circle and climb trees without falling and pitch a ball without breaking windows.'' In shame, he leaves his village, becoming lost in the Yellow Mou...

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This debut children's book by adult author Hoffman (Turtle Moon), about a boy who earns the acceptance of others because he stays himself, is rather predictable and cliched. Hoffman's omniscient n

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Hoffman's omniscient narrator tells of clumsy Jackie who can't ice-skate and ""every ball he threw shattered the window in the front hall,"" but reminds readers that ""the important thing was that Jackie always tried his best."" One winter when the fireflies fail to bring spring to the village, J...

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