That was over the summer. After months of hard work, their book, Sparks from Fireflies, is just doing that.
“It’s exciting because it not only started from them, but it came from their heart,” Lisa McAbee, one of the troop’s leaders, told CNN. “It was just incredible to be a part of it and say ‘what if’ and see them take those ‘what ifs’ and extrapolate it forward into something beautiful.”
The book is made up of illustrated quotes, all of which were selected and drawn by the girls. The quotes are meant to be sparks — “a night light for the darkest nights,” as the book cover explains.
With final publishing expected in February, McAbee says their next step is to have the book available for purchase on Amazon so more children can be inspired and healed.
“We want it to have an impact on other communities and places where kids are at risk and need a little bit of hope,” says McAbee. “And this hope can be given by another kid in the form of a book.”