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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Tyrona
  • Saint Clair, MO, USA
  • 06-23-06

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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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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Donna
  • Weldona, CO, United States
  • 09-26-12

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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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Marilyn
  • Kaw City, OK, United States
  • 12-13-11

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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One of the best you'll hear!

The story is very well written, strong characters, at once hilarious and the next heartbreaking. Jenna Lamia's narration is some of the best I've ever heard, embodying the spirit of each character and bringing out the humor in unique and beautiful ways. The only drawback to the audiobook is the addition of music at the end of certain chapters/sections. It's distracting and usually doesn't even fit the mood of the story. Trust the narrator and the author, because they nailed this one.

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Sweet story

I love this reader. This book was pretty good. Nothing intense but I was cheering for Tessa Lee.

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F7refly Cloak

Wonderfully told, magical.
The narration is superb.
Highly recomend for everyone . Have tissue !!!

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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.