The Last Firefox (The Last Firefox, 1)
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His first book, The Last Firefox, was Waterstones Children's Book of the Month and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2023. If you see “(32-bit)” and you are running Firefox 56.0 or older, updating to the latest Firefox version should automatically upgrade you to 64-bit.
The last problem I had were the secondary characters: while Charlie was pretty well characterised, his dads and his friends were not in the slightest. They each had one thing about them and that was the whole character building we had. Once again, this is a very young middle grade, so I didn’t expect morally grey characters and indepth character studies, but I would have liked to get to know them better, Lippy and Roo especially.Upgrade to a Windows version that Microsoft still supports, such as Windows 8.1 or 10. Learn more here. Windows versions that are not supported by Microsoft are unreliable and unsafe to use, which also makes it difficult to maintain Firefox on those versions. I've seen The Last Firefox described as Pokémon meets E.T. - and that's exactly how this enchanting middle grade adventure felt to me! Lee Newbery's tale of a sweet-but-insecure schoolboy finding his own inner fire when he's tasked with taking care of an adorable, magical troublemaker (who just happens to be The Last Firefox) is a huge-hearted and often hilarious romp reminiscent of the best Amblin adventure movies of my own childhood.
But look a bit deeper and this is about a young boy learning how to be brave, stand up for himself and show all the qualities that he needs to be the best big brother possible. Winner of the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award! A heartwarming story about family, friendship and finding your inner fire. Warm and funny and magical and exciting, with great characters and a really satisfying storyline. I read this out loud to my 8-year-old, and he ADORED it - and I had so much fun, too! Personally, I did have two very tiny and boring quibbles about realism at the very ending, but they were really *very* tiny quibbles, I wouldn't have noticed or cared if I'd read this book as one of the kids who are the actual target audience, and my 8-year-old found every detail to be *perfection.* He wants SO BADLY for more books about these characters!I really enjoyed reading Charlie's story, it was exactly the kind of story I needed at this age as he was so very much like me. I was also the quiet one at school, who was bullied relentlessly, largely for being the 'weird' quiet one. It was so good to see Charlie learn to stand up proud, and to listen to his inner fire rather than the voices of the petty boys with nothing better to do. I know how much it would have meant to me to read this as a youngster, and so I'm sure it'll do wonders for readers in similar positions.