Caudill Book of the Week!
Have you read any of the 2018 Caudill Books?
20 books are nominated every year for the Caudill Award, and they are displayed in the Youth Services Department.
Take a look at our staff review for this week’s featured book!
Hour of the Bees
By: Lindsay Eagar
Lexile Level: 670L
Hour of the Bees is an unusual combination of middle-school coming-of-age story and magical realism. Twelve-year-old Carol is missing a summer of pool parties and shopping trips to spend the season in the New Mexico desert, helping her family prepare the ranch of her estranged grandfather for sale. The old man is developing dementia and must be moved to a nursing home. Carol gets to know her grandfather as he tells her a strange tale of a mystical past when the desert had a healing tree, a life-giving lake, and a magical colony of bees, whose return will bring the rain that will end one hundred years of drought. Can Carol understand the truths that lie within the story, and discover the secrets in her family’s past and the key to her own future?
This book begins as a realistic story of a typical middle-schooler with worries about school, friends, an irritating older sister and the prospect of a boring summer, and develops into a mixture of fairy tale, fantasy and mystery with an action-packed conclusion. I found it to be compelling, touching and memorable throughout.
Stars 4 out of 5
Reviewed By: Mary Donovan
Click here for a list of all 20 Caudill Nominees!
Created by Jen Trotta on
May 3rd, 2017 @ 1:51 PM.
Updated on Jun 26th, 2017 @ 3:10 PM.