Hour of the Bees

Hour of the Bees

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A beautifully written debut novel that weaves together magic and reality, about a girl's relationship with her mentally ill grandfather.

This powerful debut novel delicately blurs the line between truth and fiction as Carol unravels the fantastical stories of her mentally ill grandfather. When she and her family move to his deserted ranch in order to transfer him to a care home, Carol struggles to cope with the suffocating heat and the effects of her grandfather's dementia. Bees seem to be following her around, but the drought means this is impossible. She must be imagining things. Yet when her grandfather chooses her as the subject for his stories - tales of a magical healing tree, a lake, and the grandmother she never knew - Carol sees glimmers of something special in what her parents dismiss as Serge's madness. As she rethinks her roots and what she thought she knew about her family, Carol comes to the realization that Serge's past is quickly catching up with her present. A stunning coming-of-age story.
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Product details

  • 11+
  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 27mm | 258g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781406368154
  • 116,831

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Lindsay Eagar has crafted a work of magnificent proportions. There is a mixture of voices and style, rich metaphors and symbolism, with settings like portraits hung in a gallery. * Buzzwords * Author, Lindsay Eagar has written a brilliant story that will draw you into the depth and breadth of the characters. Her story telling is beautiful, searching and poignant, making Hour of the Bees a compelling read. * Creative Kids Tales * Overall a magical, beautiful contemporary middle grade book, filled with stories and family and culture. 4/5 * The Loony Literate * This is a touching book about family and remembering your roots. 4 Stars. * Oh Flower Child * There was such a sweet ending to the book and I think the summer on the ranch changed more than just Carol. I really liked Hour of the Bees. 4/5 * My Life in Books * While on the surface it deals with a family packing up grandfather to move him to a care home, it's also a fable of sorts, commenting on climate change and the need for humanity to remember kindness and humility when it's all too easy to get caught up with busy superficial living. * Reading Time * There are key messages here of accepting yourself and embracing your heritage as well as mystical elements, with the grandfather's magical tales mirroring reality. A slow burner for sensitive readers. * Otago Daily Times * The story does have elements of the fantastical genre, which do make for an interesting and in some places unusual story without detracting from the book. Dane, age 15 * YARR-A *
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About Lindsay Eagar

Hour of the Bees is Lindsay Eager's first novel. A classically trained pianist and un-classically trained rock guitarist, Lindsay lives in Utah with her young daughter. Visit her on Twitter @lindsaymccall
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5,759 ratings
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5 44% (2,535)
4 36% (2,078)
3 16% (915)
2 3% (178)
1 1% (53)
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