Beholding Bee

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Written by Kimberly Newton Fusco

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 that 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 They clothe her, though their clothes are strangely out of date.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 that 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.

2 thoughts on “Beholding Bee

  1. This was the best book ever! I loved how the problem had a twist and how you could feel what was happening. 7 out of 7 stars, a must read.

  2. This book is great for kids ages 10 and over. It’s a very deep book mainly about an orphan who has to overcome so much with this “diamond” (a birthmark on her face which people make fun of) on her face. I loved the character, Bee who had some odd and interesting ideas which kept the story full of excitement! The story was full of surprises and lots of times I never would of even thought of some of the things she did.

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