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Wings of a Bee
By author: Julie Roorda
Selling Points: "Disability, family and relationships"
Publisher: Sumach Press
Pub Date: Apr/01/2008
Pages: 224
Fiction Ages 12-16
Price:  $10.95
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Bronwyn Degroot doesn't have many friends, and her quirkiness and strange sense of humor tend to put them off. When her imagined experiments with supernatural poltergeists and otherworld aliens spill over into real life, she scares off the one friend she has in the neighborhood. The only person who really seems to "get her" is her sister Carey. And Bronwyn has an uncanny knack for understanding Carey, who has cerebral palsy. When Carey gets her hands on a spelling board she demonstrates that, amazingly, she knows how to read and write, proving to the rest of the family what Bronwyn has known all along: her little sister is very smart.

Julie Roorda's poems and short stories have appeared in numerous publications. As well as writing fiction, she works as a writer, editor and researcher with the University of Toronto and the University Health Network. Wings of a Bee is Roorda's first novel for young adults.
What If? Magazine - May 1, 2008
"the greatest strength of Wings of a Bee is its character development. Bronwyn and Carey are unique and fascinating, and the other quirky inhabitants of their small B.C. town provide a lot of depth and some humour. Allof the characters are completely original, and the reader really grows to care about what happens in their lives."
What If? Magazine - April 1, 2008
"The greatest strength of Wings of a Bee is its character development...All of the characters are completely original, and the reader really grows to care about what happens in their lives."
Resource Links - February 1, 2008
"Wings of a Bee is a wonderful young adult novel that follows the imaginative and quirky Bronwyn DeGroot as she grows from the age of 7 to 13…This book is very gifted child whose family, especially her mother and sister, struggle to give her the opportunities to live up to her potential..."
Canadian Materials - December 21, 2007
"Clear prose and engaging, original humour make this novel accessible for a variety of readers. The vocabulary and language are uncomplicated but poetic, and the insight into the inner workings and daily struggles of a family dealing with cerebral palsyis invaluable..."

Awards

Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2008



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