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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (115 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kimberly Newton Fusco Narrator: Ariadne Meyers Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bee is an orphan who lives with a carnival and sleeps in the back of a tractor trailer. Every day she endures taunts for the birthmark on her face, though her beloved Pauline, the only person who has ever cared for her, tells her it is a precious diamond. When Pauline is sent to work for another carnival, Bee is lost.

Then a scruffy dog shows up, as unwanted as she, and Bee realizes she must find a home for them both. She runs off to a house with gingerbread trim that reminds her of frosting. There two mysterious women, Mrs. Swift and Mrs. Potter, take her in. They clothe her, though their clothes are strangely out of date. They feed her, though there is nothing in their house to eat. They help her go to school, though they won’t enter the building themselves. And, strangely, only Bee seems able to see them.

Whoever these women are, they matter. They matter to Bee. And they are helping Bee realize she, too, matters to the world, if only she will let herself be a part of it.

This tender novel beautifully captures the pain of isolation, the healing power of community, and the strength of the human spirit.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kimberly Newton Fusco’s newest book is a really terrific, hopeful story.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “A unique feel-good story about an appealing heroine, her rallying angels, and the search for love and home.”


  • “Fusco’s lyrical prose enhances the magic of the story as we are drawn into Bee’s unconventional world and her touching transformation.”


  • A February2013BookPage Top Pick for Children

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maha | 2/15/2014

    " i thought it was an excellent chose and i would recommend this ages 9-16 if up u wont feel to comfortable reading a childs book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pegge | 2/5/2014

    " I probably would have liked this more if I hadn't read Tending to Grace also by Kimberly Newton Fusco. As in Grace, our main character is a young lady without parents and with a disability. Still worth reading... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Juanita Johnson | 1/28/2014

    " Now this was a great book. Aside from the ghosts who become caretakers of Bee, the story is quite grounded in this child's life. Bee is left behind by dead parents, a caretaker, and a guy who races pigs. Despite all of that, she has an indomitable spirit. The author tells the story in her voice and, like everyone else she has her ups and downs. She behaves like a child and that just makes this story all the more poignant. I genuinely enjoyed reading this book and plan to recommend it to others for a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sierra | 1/21/2014

    " I got this book as an advanced readers copy and I couldnt even finish it. The writing is just dreadful. It pained me to even try and read more than a chapter at a time. Oh, and the chapters each are about one page long. I really hope this book is changed by February or something. I wanted to gouge my eyes out. "

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