Hour of the Bees

Hour of the Bees

by Lindsay Eagar


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ISBN-13: 9780763691202
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 114,702
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Lindsay Eagar lives with her daughter in the mountains of Utah Valley, Utah. Hour of the Bees is her first novel.

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Hour of the Bees 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar is a heart-wrenching story of a girl in the process of discovering who exactly she is and where she came from, and what exactly life means. It is a standalone book with 360 pages and can be read by those of all ages, though older readers will certainly have more of an appreciation for it. Twelve year old Carolina—Carol, because Carolina is too Mexican-American—is forced to spend her summer before junior high at her Grandpa’s ranch in the middle of nowhere, New Mexico. Her father is moving Grandpa Serge to a place for people with dementia—people like Serge. Carol is forced to watch her every move for fear of upsetting her unbalanced Grandpa as her and her family pack up Serge’s ranch. Carol’s half-sister, Alta, is no help, too immersed in her teenage head to be of any use. Carol’s father is trapped in his resentment for his father, spending his time cleaning and packing, and her mother is busy with her baby brother, Lu. So spending time with her crazy grandpa falls to Carol. But as she spends more time with Serge, he spins a tale of a magic tree that gives immortality and bees that took all of the water, causing the drought. “The bees will bring back the rain,” Serge avows at every chance, and then Carol is seeing bees everywhere she goes. She wonders if she’s caught her grandpa’s dementia, but as his story comes closer and closer to the end, she starts to understand the difference between surviving and really living and wonders if true life is worth the price of death. Hour of the Bees follows Carol’s journey through the story that Serge weaves. Sobbing my way through the last chapter, I pondered with Carol on the worth of the adventure of life and the final adventure of death. Hour of the Bees is a must read book that, while it’s not very exciting, makes you think and, more importantly, feel. Stephanie M, 14, Cleveland Area Mensa
KathyMacMillan More than 1 year ago
Absorbing, emotional, and bursting with magical realism, Hour of the Bees is a book that challenges readers’ ideas about what they know and what they think they know. Carol is a relatable, imperfect protagonist, struggling to deal with the changes in her family and her relationships and her own sense of who she is. Her resistance to the impossible ideas her grandfather states with such conviction is believable, as is her slow change of heart when unexplainable events support his tales of a life-giving tree in the desert. The details of the story may shimmer between literal and figurative like waves of heat in the desert, but the reader, like Carol, comes to see that it doesn’t matter if her grandfather’s stories are real or not – only that they are true.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I count myself amazingly lucky to have had a chance to read it before it takes the world by storm. Because it will. It is that beautiful of a book. I read it out loud to my husband on a road trip. Both he and I were pulled into the story, and the hours of the trip flew by. When I got this, and even after reading the blurb, I had no idea what to expect. Carol is spending a summer at her grandfather's ranch with her family, preparing to check him in to a retirement facility. Carol and her grandfather (whom she'd never met before), form an immediate bond, and much of this book is the story that the grandfather tells Carol. A story with magical elements. And Carol finds herself facing the choice to believe or not. To cling to her roots or not. This story kept me guessing. And it had me wondering-along with Carol-what was real and what wasn't. I cried through long portions of the end, and I cringed and gasped and laughed and growled at all the events that Carol and her family went through. These people were real. SO real. And I wanted to throttle them by times, and hug them so tightly at other times. I know I'm failing miserably at expressing what a beautiful book this is, but my husband is already recommending this book to people. Even he was blown away. I so highly recommend this book, that I can't find the words to say it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a lovely, fantastic story about finding and sticking to your roots and saying goodbye and learning how to live life to the fullest.; Carol travels with her mom, baby brother and older stepsister to spend the summer with a grandfather she's never meant. But his health is failing due to dementia and they have to pack up him and his ranch before they can sell the place and return home. Carol wishes she could be home with her fiends, swimming in pools and having a good time. But instead she's stuck in the heat, doing tons of chores and covering for her sister when she sneaks off. But when her grandfather begins to tell her a magical story about a tree and a lake and a people who never died, her summer becomes something else entirely. This book. It has that wonderful, intentional dusting of magic that just keeps you turning the pages. The magic is more clear to the reader than any of the characters, but there are still questions and mysteries that remain unsolved until almost the last page. The characters are fully realized and lovely, even the ones that I occasionally didn't like. No one is bad, and no one is good. They're just complicated, like real people. And even when they make decisions that result in bad things happening, you can't fault them for it. Mostly, though, this is a book about family, and love, and losing the ones you love along the way. It would appeal to fans of ESPERANZA RISING and people who enjoy magical realism.
QuinnenDonnelly More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you read a book, and you’re surprised by how much it mirrors your life in unexpected ways. In Lindsay Eagar’s Hour of the Bees, I felt an immediate kinship with twelve-year-old Carolina (pronounced “Caro-leeen-a”), who goes by Carol. Instead of spending the summer before junior high with her friends in Albuquerque, she’s stuck in the New Mexico desert, with her mom, dad, little brother Lu, and half-sister Alta . . . and Serge — no, wait — Grandpa Serge, who she’s meeting for the very first time. Serge is suffering from dementia, and given that he’ll soon no longer be safe on his own, in the ranch that he built, on the land where he raises sheep, they’re selling his house and moving him to the city, to a fancy old folks home. It’s up to Carol and her family to sift through Serge’s stuff, all while keeping an eye on him, even though Serge is dead-set on never leaving. All of it would be weird enough — new “old people” to hang out with, new place — but on top if it, there’s the bees. The thing is, there shouldn’t be bees out in this desert. It hasn’t seen rain in a hundred years. But the bees are always buzzing around Carol. And then there’s the closet in Serge’s old bedroom, the one he never sleeps in. Behind the door is the droning of hundred of them. But only Carol hears it. Eagar’s debut has that feeling of an instant classic. Beautiful (yet accessible for the age audience) language, an unforgettable and evocative setting, magical realism, a story within a story, and character struggles that any reader can relate to. Whether it’s Carol’s complicated relationship with her teenage sister, Alta, or her shifting allegiance to her grandfather, there’s just so much that rings true about this book. In particular, what rang true to me right now are all the pieces having to do with leaving a home behind. Though we didn’t have to move my grandparents out of their home, right now we’re going through with emptying and selling it–the house they built themselves and lived in for over fifty years. It’s steeped with memories, and though I was never privy to stories as magical and epic as those that Serge told to Carolina, there’s still that raw feeling in the back of my throat of being not ready to say goodbye. Not ready to see someone else inhabit that space, and yet knowing our days with it as ours are numbered. I’ll admit, this was one of the books that I’ve been antsy to read for a while ever since I heard about it. I think this book will find a wonderful home with loads of readers — and be explored in many a classroom in the upcoming years.
MGReader More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful, lyrical book, that manages to capture the honest feelings of a young girl along with an evocative story about her family and the New Mexico desert where her grandfather lives. Fantastic and fantastical at the same time, filled with stories of the past and magic. A great read. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
KidlitFan2016 More than 1 year ago
HOUR OF THE BEES is a book with powerful themes of finding your roots and what it means to be alive, as well as rich scenes filled with beauty, culture, and family relationships, new and old. It's also a book with a great family of characters and... bees, who buzz around the protagonist Carolina mysteriously like little signs that magic is in the air. Or is it? Carolina's grandfather tells her, "Things are only impossible if you stop to think about them." -- a line that reverberates in her mind throughout the book. As she grows and transforms over the course of one summer, she starts to wonder if her grandpa's fantastical stories could be true. Or at least, if the essence of the stories -- "Do not be afraid to die, and you will not be afraid to live." -- is true, and what it means for her and her family. HOUR OF THE BEES is an engaging, beautiful story that will appeal to fans of TUCK EVERLASTING, HOLES, CIRCUS MIRANDUS, and THE MARVELS. Highly recommend!