- 89,00 kr
Twelve-year-old Flor faces a bittersweet summer with a pageant, a frenemy, and a hive full of honey in this “sweet and satisfying read about friendship, sisterhood, and change” (Kirkus Reviews).
It’s the summer before eighth grade and Flor is stuck at home and working at her family’s mattress store, while her best friend goes off to band camp (probably to make new friends). It becomes even worse when she’s asked to compete in the local honey pageant. This means Flor has to spend the summer practicing her talent (recorder) and volunteering (helping a recluse bee-keeper) with Candice, her former friend who’s still bitter about losing the pageant crown to Flor when they were in second grade. And she can’t say no.
Then there’s the possibility that Flor and her family are leaving to move in with her mom’s family in New Jersey. And with how much her mom and dad have been fighting lately, is it possible that her dad may not join them? Flor can’t let that happen. She has a lot of work to do.
The summer after sixth grade has barely started, but it's already a disaster for Flor. Her best friend will be away, and Flor must dress in a mattress costume to help her father's faltering store. As if that weren't bad enough, their town of Honeydale, Ohio is celebrating its 50th Honey Festival with a competition of past winners of the Queen Bee pageant. Flor, who won in third grade, is teamed up with her former best friend and onetime runner-up Candice. Now, the frenemies will spend the summer practicing a talent and volunteering for Mr. Henry, the town's hermit. When Flor learns that the pageant winner gets $2,000, she determines to find a talent, win the competition, and save her family's store, and Mr. Henry, who works with bees, may hold the key. Bee facts preface every chapter, and information about their plight is woven seamlessly into the text. Flor's mother is of South Asian descent, and Wientge (Karma Khullar's Moustache)includes realistic portrayals ofFlor's experiences of racism (in third grade, Candice insisted about the pageant, "You only won because you're mixed") and questions about her identity. Flor's struggles with the complexities of friendship and family are realistic and relatable in this engaging coming-of-age journey. Ages 8 12.