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Queen Bee
     

Queen Bee

4.5 8
by Chynna Clugston-Major
 

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From the talented creator of bestselling comics Blue Monday and Scooter Girl, comes a funny, super-power graphic novel about the middle-school social hive, where only one girl can be the QUEEN BEE!

Haley is smart, funny, nice, and determined to be super-popular in her new middle-school. . . if she can control that problematic little secret power of hers. Enter

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From the talented creator of bestselling comics Blue Monday and Scooter Girl, comes a funny, super-power graphic novel about the middle-school social hive, where only one girl can be the QUEEN BEE!

Haley is smart, funny, nice, and determined to be super-popular in her new middle-school. . . if she can control that problematic little secret power of hers. Enter another new seventh grader, Alexa. She's smart-alecky, definitely not nice, and she's got the power, too. Just like Haley, Alexa is psychokinetic. She can move things with her mind and does, never missing a chance to embarrass someone in the classroom, cafeteria, or gym--especially Haley.
When the two girls meet, there's literally a tornado.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This bubbly, fun and smart new series is the second big release from Scholastic's Graphix imprint. Clugston, well-known for her edgy and stylish Blue Monday and Scooter Girl, has done it again in this stinging portrayal of popularity battles between beautiful middle-schoolers. Haley, the new girl, is determined to be popular and, in spite of the occasional gaffe resulting from her runaway psychokinetic powers, she succeeds. When an even newer girl shows up to challenge her new role as queen bee, it turns out that she possesses the same powers as Haley, and the battle begins. Energetic drawings and the girl-against-girl conflict recall the teen dramas of Archie, Betty and Veronica, while the climactic musical face-off carries off its Josie and the Pussycats homage with flair. Direct references to the best of the modern-day teen genre spice up the story, pointing out that Queen Bee is right at home alongside Heathers and Mean Girls. Clugston knows how mean girls can really be; her dialogue bristles with barbed rejoinders and she never glosses over the true nastiness of the girl fight. Everything works in this funny, charming and true story, right down to the closing mystery of why Alexa and Haley look so much alike. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT
Haley Madison, the main character of Queen Bee, wants to be the most popular girl at her new junior high school, but there are two things standing in her way. Her PK (psychokinesis, the ability to move objects with her mind) is always flaring up at the worst times and embarrassing her (just like acne). Then there's Alexa Harmon, the mean girl who also has PK. Alexa has better control of her PK than Haley, and she doesn't hesitate to use it to get what she wants (translation: she cheats like crazy). Both girls want to rule the Hive, the group of super-popular girls who sit atop the social strata of John F. Kennedy Intermediate School. Too bad the old adage of only one queen per hive still holds true. Queen Bee is aimed at teenage girls, a rarity for American comics. This highly entertaining graphic novel deals with popularity--an issue that all teens are concerned with--without talking down to its audience or being preachy. Haley is an intelligent, likable heroine who matures as the story progresses. By the end of the first volume she wins the school talent contest (she does a wicked version of "The Beat," a Go-Go's tune); gets a possible boyfriend; and stops hanging out with the Hive. The b/w art focuses on outfits and facial expressions with a dash of manga thrown in. Queen Bee contains no sex, drugs or bad language, so this is very suitable for younger teenage girls. Highly recommended. KLIATT Codes: JS*--Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Graphix, 112p. illus., Ages 12 to 18.
—George Galuschak

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545600095
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
07/30/2013
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
620,411
File size:
53 MB
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Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Queen Bee 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved it, i cant wait for next one
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I let my friend borrow it and almost didn't get it back. I can't wait to read the next book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! So much fun to read! I can't wait for the sequel! Alexa & Haley battle it out to the finish! Girls will love this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book of my 6th grade career
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Haley and Alexa fight it out to the finish. Haley wins the Amer-i-can contest (after a slip of the tongue). It was so funny!! I stayed up almost all night read the paperback version. I can't wait until the second book comes out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This looks like a really nice book! I would love to read it