Dowding, P.
Thirteen-year-old Firefly lives in a park across the street from her mother’s home when she is discovered by a social worker and removed from her mother’s care. Placed with her aunt, she goes to school and makes friends but suffers from PTSD and disassociation from living with a mother who struggles with substance abuse and has subjected Firefly to physical abuse, neglect, and parentification. This engaging Canadian work, suitable as a read-aloud, literature circle, or novel study for secondary classrooms, can launch discussions about sensitive issues of child abuse and neglect, homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, and kinship and foster care.
Health, Novel
English Language Arts
  • 8-10

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