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4.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 5 4.07 (15 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: February 2013 ISBN: 9780385361286
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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 They clothe her, though their clothes are strangely out of date.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.”

    Booklist

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

    BookPage

  • A February2013BookPage Top Pick for Children

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 1/19/2014

    " Bee was one of those easy to love, great characters. I enjoyed the progression she made to be able to love herself with the help of some special people. But, the ending was too abrupt and I felt let down because I wanted more. Still a good book with a good message though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morag Macneill | 1/17/2014

    " Excellent read. Beatrice was brought up in a carnival, she deals with a birthmark she was born with and and two aunts in her life that are ghosts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora | 1/8/2014

    " Really really beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Isaac | 12/30/2013

    " awesome awesome book <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyla | 12/13/2013

    " I really loved this story. The author captured the voice of an 11 year old well. Great for 4th-6th graders. Will probably be a story I'll read with my daughter when she's a bit older. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 12/9/2013

    " What does it take to believe that you really matter? Bee finds her voice after being taken care of by two mysterious women that no one else can see, a stray dog and a beloved pig. As her circle of loved ones increases, she sees herself changing into a strong person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louisa | 12/5/2013

    " Occasionally, I'm so sappy that it's embarrassing. This book had me at carnie orphan with a port wine birthmark. I loved it. Sigh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Watkins | 11/25/2013

    " This is a fabulous book for ages 4th grade through 7th. Bee is such a dear and the historical setting of WW2 is refreshing. Full of magic, personal loss, and determination, Bee is a lovable and precious hero. I adored this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 7/23/2013

    " Sweet, sweet, sweet story! What wonderful life lessons can be taught from this book- believing in yourself and never hiding is by far the most important. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 7/1/2013

    " middlegrade fiction; being teased at school for very visible birthmark + having ghost friends that no one else can see + historic fiction (ww2 era). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drucilla | 3/21/2013

    " I made a deal with this book that if (view spoiler)[Bobby (hide spoiler)] showed up at the end, I'd give it five stars. Alas, it was not to be. This was the only problem I had with the book. The ending did leave a few things unresolved, but other than that, I really liked Bee's story. "

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About the Author
Author Kimberly Newton Fusco

Kimberly Newton Fusco is the author of The Wonder of Charlie Anne and Tending to Grace, both of which received multiple starred reviews.

About the Narrator

Ariadne Meyers was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1969. She began an acting career at twelve, with her role as Al Pacino’s stepdaughter in Author! Author! and hasn’t looked back since. Her most famous role to date is that of “Emma Jane McCardle,” which she portrayed on the 80s sitcom, Kate & Allie for six years. In 1991, she graduated from Yale with honors and a double major in philosophy and theater arts.