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What the fireflies knew. Cover Image Large Print Book Large Print Book

What the fireflies knew.

Harris, Kai. (Author).

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  • ISBN: 9780593556580
  • Physical Description: 370 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
  • Edition: Large print edition.

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After almost-eleven-year-old Kenyatta Bernice's (KB) father dies of an overdose and the debts incurred from his addiction cause the loss of the family home in Detroit, she and her teenage sister, Nia, are sent by their overwhelmed mother to live with their estranged grandfather in Lansing. Over the course of a single, sweltering summer, KB attempts to get her bearings in a world that has turned upside down-a father who is labeled a fiend; a mother whose smile no longer reaches her eyes; a sister, once her best friend, who has crossed the threshold of adolescence and suddenly wants nothing to do with her; a grandfather who is grumpy and silent; the white kids across the street who are friendly, but only sometimes. And all of them are keeping secrets. Pinballing between resentment, abandonment, and loneliness, KB is forced to carve out a different identity for herself and find her own voice. As she examines the jagged pieces of her recently shattered world, she learns that while some truths cut deep, a new life-and a new KB-can be built from the shards. Capturing all the vulnerability, perceptiveness, and inquisitiveness of a young Black girl on the cusp of puberty, Harris's prose perfectly inhabits that hazy space between childhood and adolescence, where everything that was once familiar develops a veneer of strangeness when seen through newer, older eyes. Through KB's disillusionment and subsequent discovery of her own power, What the Fireflies Knew poignantly reveals that heartbreaking but necessary component of growing up-the realization that loved ones can be flawed, sometimes significantly so, and that the perfect family we all dream of looks different up close.
Subject: Large type books.
Families > Fiction.
Death > Fiction.
Secrecy > Fiction.
Genre: Bildungsromans.
Fiction.
Large type books.
Literary fiction.

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  • 0 of 1 copy available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Little Dixie Regional.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Little Dixie - Paris LP F HARRIS (Text) 2004683228 New Adult Fiction Shelves Checked out 06/04/2022


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