I just finished up listening to the audio book Firefly Cloak by Sheri Reynolds.
The more I listen to audio books the more I find that a book can really be made by the reader. I often find that there are readers I really like a lot… Jenna Lamia is one of them. She is awesome at reading coming of age books with a wonderful southern, hick girl, voice that I have come to love.
The story is good too. Although I didn’t see it classified as juvenile fiction, I think it could/should be. It’s a coming of age story told through the eyes of a young girl.
Here’s what Amazon has to say about it, “Firefly Cloak is the powerfully vivid coming-of-age story of Tessa Lee, who, after being abandoned by her mother, sets off on a risky journey to discover what she has lost.
When eight-year-old Tessa Lee and her brother, Travis, are abandoned in a campground by their desperate mother and her boyfriend of the moment, they are left with only two things: a phone number written in Magic Marker on Travis’s back and their mother’s favorite housecoat, which she leaves wrapped around her sleeping children. This housecoat, painted with tiny fireflies, becomes totemic for Tessa Lee, providing a connection to her past and to the beautiful mother she lost.
Seven years later, when word arrives that her mother has been spotted working at a tourist trap on a seaside boardwalk not far from where Tessa Lee lives, she sets off on a dangerous journey to try to recover what has been taken from her.
Steeped in the rich Southern atmosphere for which Sheri Reynolds has long been hailed, Firefly Cloak is a vivid coming-of-age novel of family, loss, and redemption.”
Amazon readers say 4 stars…I am upping that to 4.5 stars. It was really good.