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How to Bee (Paperback)
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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 03/05/2018
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Set in a future Australia in a time when there are no bees and children are employed to scramble through the fruit trees with feather wands, much like the pear farmers of Hanyuan in China are forced to do today. Peony wants to be a bee, a hand pollinator: she's light, she's fast, and even though she's a year too young, she's going to be the best bee the farm has ever seen...except when you're only 9, it's hard to get everyone around you to go along with your plan. A beautiful and fierce novel for middle grade readers, 'How to Bee' explores an all-too-possible dystopian social landscape with an intensely compelling and original voice.

Publisher: Old Barn Books
ISBN: 9781910646441
Number of pages: 208
Dimensions: 198 x 128 mm


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Quirky, original and heartfelt, this is an all too plausible dystopian adventure, exploring themes of family loyalty and the environment. -- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller *
'How to Bee' is a moving, intelligent novel, offering plenty of food for thought and a cast of appealing- and not so appealing - characters which linger with you long after the story is finished... -- Sue Wilsher * North Somerset Teachers' Book Award blog *
MacDibble writes with confidence and ease - the book feels different, atypical, which makes it shine brightly in the field of current children's fiction. It turns out being is a complicated business, but with books such as this, children will buzz with excitement about their ability to influence their own futures. -- Claire Zinkin * MinervaReads blog *
'How to Bee' is perfect. It gave me the same shivers as 'Skellig'. Not a word is wasted and the voice is compelling. This is a future classic. -- Louise Nettleton * Bookmurmuration blog *
This story, set in a dystopian landscape, reminds us of the vital role played by the bees that we take so much for granted, but there is even more to the story than environmental issues. We see extreme poverty and domestic violence but also courage and the ultimate insignificance of material comforts when compared to the love of friends and family. -- Jan Lennon * Carousel magazine *

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“moving and thought provoking”

This story takes a very unique look at a world falling apart due to human advancement.
Very fast paced and full of undercurrents of tension. The characters are well rounded, convincing and completely engaging. I loved... More

“Simply 'buzzing' about this one!”

I loved this book. When books are, as this one is, short, fast-paced and quite quick reads they need to be incredibly well crafted and I felt like this one got that spot on.

The descriptions of the farm Peony lives... More

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“dystopian, but lovely and optimistic”

How to Bee is set in a dystopian future where children climb around trees to pollinate flowers. This theme is currently explored in a number of adult titles and this one is a brilliant add-on aimed at children.
The... More

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