How to Bee
Life is “super-cherries” for 9-year-old Peony who lives with her sister and grandfather on a fruit farm outside the city. In a world where climate change has made real bees extinct, the quickest and bravest kids climb the fruit trees and pollinate the flowers by hand. Peony loves the farm and is determined to become a bee and, one day, the foreman. But then her mother arrives from the city, ready to whisk her away to work in a rich household and it takes all Peony’s grit and quick thinking to find her way home.
This is a beautifully written story about family, loyalty, friendship and the scarily plausible scenario of a world without bees. Peony is a wonderful, stroppy character whom you instantly love. Highly recommended for ages 8 to 12.
In a case of art imitating life, see The Book of Bees.
Short-listed for Queensland Literary Awards 2017 (Australia) and Griffith University Children's Book Award 2018 (Australia).
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 at TAFE.