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
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 255g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1406368156
  • 9781406368154
  • 112,685

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"A truly stunning debut novel that will stay with the reader for a very long time. Magic!" * Fallen Star Stories * "[...] a spellbinding tale that deserves a chance to become a modern classic. Tightly plotted and elegantly written, this is an exceptional debut novel that manages to be both inspirational yet authentic at the same time." * Young Post * "For a unique and heart warming read, Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager is a searing story about family love and finding your roots." * Irish Times, Children's Books of the Year recommended by ER Murrary * This highly original debut novel is a mesmerising story of the power of roots and family history. * IBW Children's Book Guide, The Bookseller * Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar is an absorbing story and the final pages [...] will keep readers of 10-plus riveted to the last page. An excellent debut novel. * Newbury Weekly News * [Hour of the Bees] transforms when it shifts a gear into magical realism. [...] Eagar takes a while to find her stride in this debut novel, but perhaps this is only a reflection of Carol's journey. Like her, we could take it or leave it when she arrives at the ranch, but gradually we are drawn in to the arid beauty of the dessert landscape [...] And when you are wiping away the tears, you can take comfort in Serge's words: 'Stories don't end... they just turn into new beginnings.' * The Daily Telegraph * Hour of the Bees is a very powerful YA novel- that really was very refreshing to read. Filled with magic, love, memories and family roots: you can't help but to warm to this book. Edgar writes beautifully: making her readers imagine the stunning sunsets of the desert and trees bursting with blossoms. [...]A very different, but very appealing read- Hour of the Bees is a 4/5 for me, it is absolutely perfect for an introduction into YA. * Teen Book Hoots blog * An inspiring book with a powerful message. There will be a real buzz about this book. * South Wales Evening Post * A contemporary fable in which two worlds collide. The young and the old joust with modern day and myth. [...] An inspiring book with a powerful message. Don't be afraid to live your life. There will be a real 'buzz' about this book. * South Wales Evening Post * Magic blends with reality in a stunning coming-of-age novel about a girl and her grandfather. * The Bookseller * A powerful coming-of-age debut * Bookseller * Whatever you are doing right now, stop, and order this book. You will not regret it at all. * Review Reader, Lovereading 4 Kids * Mentioned in sneak previews * Publishers Weekly * Acquisition noted * Publishers Lunch *
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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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5,275 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
5 44% (2,335)
4 36% (1,914)
3 15% (813)
2 3% (163)
1 1% (50)
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