Beholding Bee

By FUSCO, Kimberly Newton

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978-0-375-86836-8 978-0-375-96836-5 978-0-375-89886-0
Publisher
Knopf.


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on May 1, 2013  |  Grades 5-up

Gr 4–6—In this blend of magical realism and historical fiction set in 1942 New England, 11-year-old orphan Bee travels with a carnival, assisting her guardian at the hot-dog stand and shielding the diamond-shaped birthmark on her face from stares and taunts. She longs for a real home to share with Pauline, who taught her to read and keeps a notebook about Bee's childhood. When Pauline and her new boyfriend are sent away by the sinister carnival owner to establish another show, Bee runs away ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on February 1, 2013

Bee Hockenberry defines herself by the large diamond-shaped birthmark on her cheek, spending most of her time averting her face and hiding from others. Orphaned at an early age, but lovingly cared for by a young woman, Pauline, Bee knows no other life than their traveling carney environment of 1942. There, as in much of the larger society, Americans drawn to the "freak shows" consider her mark a stigmata that should surely isola...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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