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Honeybees and frenemies, Kristi Wientge

Label
Honeybees and frenemies
Title
Honeybees and frenemies
Statement of responsibility
Kristi Wientge
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  • Honey bees and frenemies
  • Honeybees & frenemies
  • Honey bees & frenemies
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Language
eng
Summary
Twelve-year-old Flor faces problems at home while spending a summer working at her parents' store, partnering with former friend Candice for a pageant, and volunteering with a reclusive beekeeper
Character
Review
  • Grades 4-7 Summer brings more than 12-year-old Florence bargains for when she must participate in Honeydale’s Honey Festival, which includes service projects with her sister, Fran, and former best friend Candice. To top it off, Flor’s dad’s mattress store is losing money, her parents are arguing constantly, and rumors are buzzing that her family might move from Honeydale to New Jersey! Anger, jealousy, and frustration complicate Flor’s days as she tries to find ways to cooperate with Candice. After their attempt at a piano-and-recorder duet for the honey pageant fizzles, the girls come up with an unusual idea: “bee beards.” Utilizing their connections with Mr. Henry, the beekeeper for whom they’re doing volunteer work, they learn so much about bees, including the “Random Bee Facts” that begin each chapter. As the summer progresses, Flor and Candice find ways to mend their fractured relationship. Wientge (Karma Khullar’s Mustache, 2017) captures the essence of middle-grade friendships, as well as changing family dynamics, in this honey-sweet summer read. -- J. B. Petty (Reviewed 8/9/2019) (Booklist, vol 116, number 22)
  • Gr 4–7—It's the summer before eighth grade, and 12-year-old Flor faces much uncertainty and unease. Instead of the fun, relaxing summer she was imagining, Flor must deal with her best friend Brooke spending the summer away at Band Camp (and likely finding new besties), while she is stuck working at her family's mattress store dressed up as a giant mattress. To make matters worse, it's Honeydale's 50th annual Honey Festival, and all prior Queen Bees are expected to compete for this year's title. This pairs Flor with her arch enemy, Candice, who has despised her since Flor won the coveted title when they were in third grade. Candice and Flor are forced to work together to develop a talent for the show, while also performing community service for mysterious hermit Mr. Henry. Curmudgeonly Mr. Henry has the girls assist him with his plentiful, but ill, bee hives. Throughout the summer, Mr. Henry thaws, and Candice and Flor find they might just get past being frenemies and become real friends. Candice and Flor both want the prize-winning money for being Queen Bee, even if it means learning all about bees and having Flor wear a "bee beard" for their talent. If they win, Flor might just convince her parents to stay in Honeydale, rather than moving away to New Jersey and abandoning their suffering mattress business. Wientge has created spirted, realistic characters that readers will root for and identify with. Each chapter begins with a fascinating random bee fact. VERDICT Readers will enjoy this satisfying tale while learning about bees and complicated friendships; expect buzz for future titles from this author.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA --Michele Shaw (Reviewed 04/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 3, p78)
  • The summer after sixth grade has barely started, but it’s already a disaster for Flor. Her best friend will be away, and Flor must dress in a mattress costume to help her father’s faltering store. As if that weren’t bad enough, their town of Honeydale, Ohio is celebrating its 50th Honey Festival with a competition of past winners of the Queen Bee pageant. Flor, who won in third grade, is teamed up with her former best friend and onetime runner-up Candice. Now, the frenemies will spend the summer practicing a talent and volunteering for Mr. Henry, the town’s hermit. When Flor learns that the pageant winner gets $2,000, she determines to find a talent, win the competition, and save her family’s store, and Mr. Henry, who works with bees, may hold the key. Bee facts preface every chapter, and information about their plight is woven seamlessly into the text. Flor’s mother is of South Asian descent, and Wientge (Karma Khullar’s Moustache) includes realistic portrayals of Flor’s experiences of racism (in third grade, Candice insisted about the pageant, “You only won because you’re mixed”) and questions about her identity. Flor’s struggles with the complexities of friendship and family are realistic and relatable in this engaging coming-of-age journey. Ages 8–12. (May)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 05/27/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 21, p)
  • When 12-year-old Florence Valandhingam is forced to jointly compete with her archenemy in the local Honey Festival, she learns important lessons about friendship, trust, and belonging. Flor is having the worst summer ever. Her best friend, Brooke, is going away to band camp just when the two of them are old enough to enjoy a modicum of freedom. Her parents, who used to get along, can't stop fighting. Worst of all, Flor is forced to jointly compete with Candice, her nemesis, for the title of queen at the Honey Festival. At first, Flor is sure that their history will make it impossible to compete: When Florence beat out Candice for the title of queen in third grade, Candice told everyone it was because the largely white town had to pick a person of color or biracial Flor's parents—her dad is white and her mom, South Asian—would sue. But as the two girls get to know each other, Flor starts to believe that she and Candice might not be the worst team—especially when both of them realize that they are competing not to beat the other entrants but for the futures of their families. Narrator Flor's voice strikes just the right balance of naiveté and sarcasm, rendering it authentic and fun to read. Wientge seamlessly weaves issues like racism, economic stability, and environmental devastation into a clear, engaging plot. While the book moves at a good pace, the last third feels a tad rushed—a small quibble. A sweet and satisfying read about friendship, sisterhood, and change. (Fiction. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10782357
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wientge, Kristi
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
008-012
LC call number
PZ7.1.W492
LC item number
Hon 2019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
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  • Pageants
  • Friendship
  • Bee culture
  • Bees
  • Families
  • Pageants
  • Friendship
  • Beekeeping
  • Bees
  • Family problems
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Honeybees and frenemies, Kristi Wientge
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2018046482
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
246 pages
Isbn
9781534438156
Lccn
2018046482
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1056743433
Label
Honeybees and frenemies, Kristi Wientge
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2018046482
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
246 pages
Isbn
9781534438156
Lccn
2018046482
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1056743433

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