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The Summer We Saved the Bees

by Robin Stevenson

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Description

Wolf’s mother is obsessed with saving the world’s honeybees, so it’s not too surprising when she announces that she’s taking her Save the Bees show on the road—with the whole family. Wolf thinks it’s a terrible plan, and not just because he’ll have to wear a bee costume—in public. He likes his alternative school and hates the idea of missing weeks of classes. His teenage stepsister doesn’t want to leave her boyfriend, and one of his little half sisters has stopped talking altogether, but Wolf’s mom doesn’t seem to notice. She’s convinced that the world is doomed unless ordinary people take extraordinary action. It isn’t until the kids take some drastic action of their own that she is forced to listen when Wolf tells her that dragging the family around the province in a beat-up Ford panel van may not be the best idea she ever had.

About the Author
Robin Stevenson is the author of Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community, which won a Stonewall Honor and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. She has also written twenty novels for kids and teens. Robin lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit robinstevenson.com.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Awards
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar B.C. Young Readers' Choice Fiction
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Book Award
  • Short-listed, Bolen Books Children's Book Prize
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
Editorial Reviews

"Well written...Deals with standing up for what you feel is right, when faced with a difficult situation, especially when it may be a person of authority that you need to stand up to...Also deals with current environmental issues that need to be addressed. These topics can all be used for educational discussions."

— Resource Links

"Wolf’s story is compelling because he longs not for conformity but stability. His struggle for sense is the heart of the book, which turns out to be a page-turner ideal for high/low readers."

— Booklist

"A beautiful, sometimes painful, and ultimately important book about how to live in a world that frequently doesn’t make sense. I loved every page and know it is one of those stories that will stay with me forever. Bravo Robin Stevenson!”

— Susan Juby, author

''Filled with strong characters and surprising plots...A nice book with a smooth flow that is enjoyable to read."

— Teen Reviewer, VOYA

"Wolf is a terrific narrator, more self-aware than the average 12-year-old but in the end just as ready to rationalize selfishness, however necessary, as his mother is. The twins, Violet, and the unexpectedly helpful Ty emerge as three-dimensional characters...Although Stevenson leaves the family's future up in the air, she gives Wolf a victory that will resonate with readers."

— Kirkus Reviews

"Stevenson seamlessly weaves the story of the bees with stepfamily relations, and communication. Wolf, as the narrator, creates a captivating story; the reader will cheer when the kids take a drastic step to make their parents understand how they are feeling."

— School Library Connection

"Provides teachers and librarians with an excellent vehicle to foster and develop children’s critical literacy skills. Students might be encouraged to explore the themes of this novel with a critical perspective aimed at revealing both sides of this story. There are many other issues and aspects that will make this book a popular choice for literature circles and science classes. The plight of the bees is a very real one, and children will be encouraged to learn what they can to help prevent colony collapse disorder. They will also be encouraged to discover that, while our planet struggles with many, many issues, we are a species that can usually find hope and a way forward in difficult times."

— CM Magazine

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