Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

THE HOUR OF THE BEES, by Lindsay Eager


The story: Carolina has to spend the summer stranded at her grandfather’s sheep farm. He’s got dementia, the farm is falling to ruin, and after all their work, the family’s just going to put the place on the market and sell it. Then, contrary to all she expects, Carolina connects with her grandpa over the mystical history of the family’s farm–the story of her ancestors, a 100-year drought, and the bees that stole a lake.

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: This is an unusual story about a girl figuring out the importance of family and traditions. Carolina’s worries about absent friends, new school, and occasionally difficult family members melt together over the course of the summer and mix with grandpa’s stories to help her find a whole new version of herself.


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