Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday Memes - Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice.

Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco. 329 p. Alfred A. Knopf/ Random House Children's Books, February, 2013. 9780375968365. 

Publisher synopsis: 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 They clothe her, though their clothes are strangely out of date.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.  

First Line: The way I got the diamond on my face happened like this.

Page 56: As soon as I enter the woods and start climbing, I am running through cement. My lungs are two sloshing buckets of water. When I reach the stone wall I inch myself up and over and then flop onto my side, I am so out of breath. Peabody lies down beside me and whines. I watch a beetle and a butterfly, and feel just like Cordelia.

I've read some nice reviews of this book and it was on my tbr list but I'm reading it right now at the request of a parent. 


  1. People shouldn't laugh at her. That's so cruel.

  2. I'm intrigued by the first line!
    Happy weekend!

  3. Wow, what an interesting concept! I am not usually a big YA book reader, but this one grabs my attention. I am hosting a book giveaway on my Book Beginnings post this week. If you are interested, please click over and comment for a chance to win.