Hour of the Bees (hardcover)
by Lindsay Eager
AR Level 4.5, 9 points
Hour of the Bees was talked about last year, and it was one I never got to before the ALA awards (it didn’t win). It was really good! I don’t know what took me so long! Carol isn’t looking forward to her summer on her grandpa’s sheep ranch. He has Alzheimer’s, and her father’s plan is to sell the ranch and get him moved into a retirement home. Carol’s job is to help them get the house packed up, while watching her little brother, avoiding her older sister, and missing out on her friends’ exciting summer before starting middle school. She is annoyed by the bees that keep appearing around her head, despite the intense heat and drought. Carol is also in charge of watching her grandpa Serge, but she finds herself immersed in his stories about Sergio and Rosa and a magical tree. What starts out as a story about an annoyed tween becomes a fantastic story that will have you glued to your book. I read most of it in one day.
What I liked about this book was the way it sucked me into the story of Sergio and Rosa and the magical tree. I knew where the story was likely going, but I was really hoping it wasn’t a strange alternate reality (think of Don Juan DeMarco with Johnny Depp). This book did not disappoint. I was happy with where it was going and how it ended, and I may have even shed a tear at the end.
What I didn’t like about this book was the character of Alta. She bugged me, and I didn’t like the way she was a super B and then became nice in the end.
Book 7 of summer 2017!