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Firefly Cloak | [Sheri Reynolds]

Firefly Cloak

Eight-year-old Tessa Lee and her little brother, Travis, are left at a campground by their mother and her boyfriend, a crooked-nosed man named Goose. All the two children have is a tent, their bags of clothes, the firefly cloak they'd used for covers the night before, and a phone number printed in magic marker on Travis' back. Tessa Lee knows that her momma and Goose have skedaddled in a car with recently changed license plates. She just doesn't know why.
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Publisher's Summary

Eight-year-old Tessa Lee and her little brother, Travis, are left at a campground by their mother and her boyfriend, a crooked-nosed man named Goose. All the two children have is a tent, their bags of clothes, the firefly cloak they'd used for covers the night before, and a phone number printed in magic marker on Travis' back. Tessa Lee knows that her momma and Goose have skedaddled in a car with recently changed license plates. She just doesn't know why.

So begins a journey that will take Tessa Lee into the home of her grandparents, then off in search of the mother she longs for. Her quest is steeped in Southern atmosphere and characters: the owner of the cheesy boardwalk show where Tessa Lee finds her mother and loses her again; the bingo-playing grandmother who holds her close; the old man who thinks the CIA is after him and boards up his house. Running throughout, like threads in a cloak, are themes of guilt, loss, and reunion.

©2006 Sheri Reynolds; (P)2006 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"Uplifting in its explorations of family, forgiveness, and redemption." (Publishers Weekly)
"Reynolds' newest novel delivers more of the rich southern atmosphere and coming-of-age drama that made The Rapture of Canaan an Oprah Book Club selection and best seller." (Booklist)

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    shopgirl Atlanta, GA USA 08-24-07
    shopgirl Atlanta, GA USA 08-24-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Wow!"

    I picked this for Jenna Lamia's narration, believing she does the best Southern accent I've heard, distinctive without being overdone. I ended by being completely captivated by the story-tragic, humorous and unsentimental-and by the lively, brave Tessa Lee. I disagree with the reviewer who thought it dragged. At the end, I was wishing for six more chapters or so.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Tyrona Saint Clair, MO, USA 06-23-06
    Tyrona Saint Clair, MO, USA 06-23-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Excellent novel!"

    This is one of the best books I've listened to. The narrator does a fantastic job. The story is compelling, a bit sad at times, but worth listening to.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Weldona, CO, United States 09-26-12
    Donna Weldona, CO, United States 09-26-12
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    "Poignant Story of Life."
    What made the experience of listening to Firefly Cloak the most enjoyable?

    The performance of the reader.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Firefly Cloak?

    When the girl is reunited with her grandmother.


    Which character – as performed by Jenna Lamia – was your favorite?

    The title character.


    If you could take any character from Firefly Cloak out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The grandmother because she and I could relate.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wallace of Larkspur 06-30-06 Member Since 2004

    Married to retired Navy E2 pilot, mom to three, grandmom to three. Work full time as an Office Manager.

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    "A Great Listen!"

    This is the 3rd book I have listened to with Jenna Lamia as the narrator. Her voice truly brings out the best in a book. A fantastic book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly LEBANON, OR, United States 12-12-11
    Kelly LEBANON, OR, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow!"
    Would you listen to Firefly Cloak again? Why?

    I loved Jenna Lamia's voice for this character. I was really touched by how the siblings bonded and how the main character managed to keep her innocense for as long as she did. It was wonderful how the grandmother kept surprising Tessa Lee with how she accepted her friends and how forgiving she was. A beautiful story of love and family ties.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was the grandmother. She was determined to raise the children differently the second time around. When she was accepting of Tessa Lee's friend that showed how much she had changed.


    What does Jenna Lamia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    There is something in Jenna's voice that is so haunting. I have listened to just about everything that Audible sells that she's narrated, and have loved them all. Her southern dialect is just so perfect. Not everythingthing comes out as Georgia Peach like many other narrators do, but is regionally correct.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Guerin Harpers Ferry, WV 11-16-13
    G. Guerin Harpers Ferry, WV 11-16-13 Member Since 2005

    GrannyGeri

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    "The Narrator is still one of my favs, BUT"
    What would have made Firefly Cloak better?

    It was a coming of age story that is without a good bite.


    What was most disappointing about Sheri Reynolds’s story?

    Too Cliche


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    Jenna Lamia was true to the character of Tessa Lee (the girl), but other characters, was a bit off.


    Any additional comments?

    This book might be okay for some but I just couldn't get into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Kaw City, OK, United States 12-13-11
    Marilyn Kaw City, OK, United States 12-13-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Beautifully read but an odd story."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I probably wouldn't recommend this book


    Has Firefly Cloak turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I wouldn't say so.


    What does Jenna Lamia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love to listen to Jenna Lamia. Her childlike southern voice is perfect for the character of Tessa Lee and her interpretation of the dialogue really brings the charactor to life.


    Do you think Firefly Cloak needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure if it needs a follow-up but it certainly needed more of an ending. The book was an emotional roller-coaster and it seems like there was no real ending, almost like the allotted letter count had been used up so the abruptly story ended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P. Chavez Huntington Beach, CA USA 07-26-06
    P. Chavez Huntington Beach, CA USA 07-26-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Just OK"

    The reader does a good job. The story is interesting at times, but by the half way mark, I kept waiting for it to be over. It just seemed to D-R-A-G.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Hartselle, AL, USA 01-23-08
    Stacey Hartselle, AL, USA 01-23-08
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    "Disappointing"

    I liked the narrator from "The Secret Life of Bees" and found this book with the same narrator. She was great again and the descriptive writing was good, but the book had no meat. I kept waiting for something - anything to happen. Not happy with this book at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annie Oakley 01-27-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing"

    As a Southerner, I thought this was the worst affectation of a Southern accent I have ever heard. The story was good, but the narration made it almost unbearable to listen to.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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