The Bumblebee Flies Anyway

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Sixteen-year-old Barney can't remember life before the Complex, an experimental clinlc. He knows he's different—he's the control subject. Then he uncovers a terrible secret about himself, a secret that drives him to fulfill his and his fellow subjects' ultimate dream. The Bumblebee must fly!

Sixteen-year-old Barney has only fleeting memories about his past but, as a voluntary patient at the institute for experimental medicine, he knows he is different from the ...

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Overview

Sixteen-year-old Barney can't remember life before the Complex, an experimental clinlc. He knows he's different—he's the control subject. Then he uncovers a terrible secret about himself, a secret that drives him to fulfill his and his fellow subjects' ultimate dream. The Bumblebee must fly!

Sixteen-year-old Barney has only fleeting memories about his past but, as a voluntary patient at the institute for experimental medicine, he knows he is different from the terminally ill patients surrounding him. His involvement with the bitter, slowly dying, Mazzo brings Barney hope, pain, and a moment of heroic glory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440908715
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1991
  • Series: Laurel-Leaf Bks.
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 271,054
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Cormier
Robert Cormier
Some parents found Robert Cormier’s unsparing, sometimes brutal young adult novels “too shocking,” but his critics and readers alike loved them for their honesty, their integrity, and their refusal to sugar-coat or evade real issues for a young audience. Cormier was one of the first writers for young adults to introduce and discuss controversial subjects in his books.

Biography

With The Chocolate War, an unsparing story of corruption and brutal vengeance at a Catholic boys’ school, Robert Cormier turned what had been the sunny world of young adult fiction upside down. The book launched Cormier on a highly successful and often controversial career, in which he tackled the darker issues of adolescence and American suburban life.

Like the anonymously authored Go Ask Alice in 1975, an at times harrowing story of drug abuse for young adult readers, the Chocolate War – and others of the author’s books -- ran into trouble with parent groups who found the writer’s subject matter inappropriate and his approach too explicit. (According to Herb Fostal’s Banned in the USA, The Chocolate War was fifth on a list of the most frequently banned books in American public libraries and schools in the 1990s.)

Reviewers, however, praised his writing. A journalist for much of his life, Cormier balanced his characters’ grim situations with a deft, vivid, lyrical style. Reviewing The Chocolate War, a critic for The New York Times Book Review described it as “masterfully structured and rich in theme; the action is well crafted, well timed, suspenseful; complex ideas develop and unfold with clarity.” When it came to themes, Cormier was unromantic and unflinching. In I Am the Cheese, Cormier evoked the uneasy and elusive world of a boy whose father has testified against organized criminals; in The Bumblebee Flies Anyway, the story pivots around terminally ill teenagers; in Tenderness Cormier introduced a serial killer and a sexually manipulative teenage girl. “Every topic is open, however shocking,” he told a reporter for The Guardian in November of 2000, in what would be one of his last interviews. “It’s the way the topics are handled that’s important.” In Cormier’s world there are no easy answers and few happy endings, but there is extraordinary insight into the world of adolescence: the cruelties, the isolation, and the often-bruising search for identity.

Despite his reputation as a disturber of the literary peace, Cormier was a small-town writer, who spent nearly his entire life working as a journalist for the Fitchburg Sentinel in Massachusetts; he published a memoir of his career in 1991 titled I Have Words to Spend: Reflections of a Small-Town Editor. In addition to four novels for adults, Cormier wrote one last novel for young adults, Frenchtown Summer, the story of a young teenager’s arrival in a new town told entirely in the boy’s poetry. He died on November 2, 2000.

Good To Know

Robert Cormier never lived more than three miles away from the house where he was born in Leominster, Massachusetts.

Cormier included his own phone number as that of one of the characters in I Am the Cheese, and wound up taking calls from thousands of teenagers.

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Fitch IV
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 17, 1925
    2. Place of Birth:
      Leominster, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      November 2, 2000
    2. Place of Death:
      Leominster, Massachusetts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2003

    Still Gets Me After All These Years

    I read this book voluntarily when it was released in 1984 and I must say, after all these years, that has to be one of the best books i've read, and I have read many. I recommend this book for everyone, especially if you like books with unexpected twists and turns. I must tell you, that ending still haunts me!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    Mysticalsong

    ((Lol who do you work for xD to know me)) Mysticalsong smiled. "Im Mystialsong, daughter of a great HurricaneClan leader, sister to craziness," she said, a hint of jokingness about the last part

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    To below

    Res6

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    Good Clan Inspector, Teagan

    I am sorry, your clan did not reach the good clan standards. Goood try! Always time to try, try again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    Vengence

    Hides her face. No one ever cares about me. Why should they start now?

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    Posted August 26, 2014

    Fiericeclaw

    Here lies Fiericeclaw. He was killed by Vipor of Brokrn lights on 9/26/14. RIP

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    Posted August 21, 2014

    BlackStorm

    I know. I saw you say something about you being Regalfern. And its LostShadow.)

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    Posted August 18, 2014

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    Catches a vole and a squirrel

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    Posted August 21, 2014

    ShyFawn

    Longshadow? Its regalfern))

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    Posted August 17, 2014

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    Yesh!" She smiled getting up.
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    Posted August 17, 2014

    Emberstreak

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    Posted August 10, 2014

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    They fished

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    Posted August 10, 2014

    Lilystar to Goldenheart

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    Posted August 4, 2014

    EclipleSun died..

    I rped him.

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