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How to Bee

How to Bee
 

Set in a future Australia, a time when there are no bees and children are employed to scramble through the fruit trees with feather wands. Peony wants to be a bee, a hand pollinator: she's a year too young and when you're only 9, it's hard to get everyone around you to go along w... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781910646441
Published 3 May 2018 by Old Barn Books
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By MacDibble, Bren
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ISBN-13 9781910646441
ISBN-10 191064644X
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Old Barn Books
Imprint Old Barn Books
Publication Date 3 May 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By MacDibble, Bren
Category Award Winning
Science Fiction
Number of Pages 208
Dimensions Width: 128mm
Height: 198mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Primary and secondary/elementary and high school
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 945010

Description of this Book

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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of CBCA Book of the Year (Younger readers) 2018 (Australia) -- Winner of Wright Family Foundation Esther Glenn Award for Junior Fiction 2018 (New Zealand) -- Long-listed for North Somerset Teachers' Book Award 2018 (UK)
NZ Review 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 * '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 * 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 *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Bren MacDibble was raised on farms all over New Zealand, so is an expert about being a kid on the land. She now lives in Melbourne with her family and a cheeky dog, works with gifted children, and teaches writing in further education. She particularly loves science fiction. 'How to Bee' is Bren's first children's novel to be available in the UK.

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