Join us for the launch of Call Me Firefly, the second book in James C. Paavola's middle grade Sonny and Breanne Mystery series! Call Me Firefly is the sequel to Jack and the Beanpole.
About the author:
Author James "Jim" Paavola had been a practicing psychologist for over forty years. His primary focus was children, adolescents, families, and the education system. Before his retirement from the Memphis City Schools he worked with law enforcement to develop procedures for the investigation of adolescent drug abuse, child sexual abuse, youth gangs, and school violence, as well as techniques for handling calls involving mentally ill citizens. He facilitated Critical Incident Stress Debriefings with firefighters, paramedics, and law enforcement. Jim's stories take place in Memphis and the surrounding area. Described as soft-boiled, his mysteries involve issues of the day such as the recent economic crash, the stock market, school bullying, sexual activity in retirement communities, the scandalous side of America's for-profit health insurance industry, Mexican drug cartels, Ponzi schemes, money laundering, and challenges facing the LGBT community. He highlights psychological themes in each story, providing insight into character motivation. Jim began writing in his retirement years. He volunteers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He and his wife live in Memphis, Tennessee.
About Jack and the Beanpole:
“…a middle-grade novel that’s part whodunit, part ghost story. …ghostly encounters at school embroil Breanne and Sonny in multiple mysteries: Was a student’s death really an accident? Is there a poltergeist in the band room? And why has a trio of spirits been hanging around the school for years? … Paavola…weaves…plot points together into a suspenseful read. The two main characters are relatable and multidimensional as they navigate a tentative friendship with ghostly and peer-related challenges. … An eventful mystery for young readers with varied characters, realistic challenges, and supernatural suspense.”—Kirkus Reviews
Eighth graders Sonny and Breanne look nothing alike—a short black boy, a tall white girl. Their special friendship develops when they discover they both have psychic powers: they can read minds, and ghosts communicate with them. Sonny’s and Breanne’s special gifts are even stronger when they work together. Follow them as they use their newfound psychic powers to solve mysteries.
About Call Me Firefly:
“In this sequel, two bullied middle schoolers continue to display a talent for befriending ghosts, untangling mysteries, and solving murders. This fast-moving tale of suspense and the supernatural…is seamlessly grounded in the real-world issue of bullying. … Engaging storytelling with diverse characters and a deft mix of mystery, the supernatural, and real-life, relatable teen issues.” —Kirkus Reviews
Eighth graders Sonny and Breanne look nothing alike—a short black boy, a tall white girl. Their special friendship develops when they discover they both have psychic powers: they can read minds, and ghosts communicate with them. In Book 2 in the Sonny & Breanne Mystery series, new spirit friends get creative as they protect Breanne from a group of girl bullies, and help solve a sixty-year old mystery involving a beloved lion named Elvis.