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Age Level: 10 - 15 | Grade Level: 5 - 9
Recently award winner for Excellence in Writing and Publishing! Beatrice thinks she has no talent, but that doesn’t stop her from auditioning for the annual middle school play.  Easy!  Except Michiko, a new girl from Japan, shows up and ruins everything. So begins Beatrice’s humorous and diabolical plan to scare away Michiko.  But Mic
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Vicki
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Realistic and funny

Bumbling Bea plagues Beatrice. She causes her to blurt out ugly half truths, exaggerations, and worse. Beatrice and her class are putting on an important play and Beatrice has much maturing to do. Well written with great dialog and fun characters this was a very fun read. Great story.
samantha  (books-are-my-life20)
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
So cute
Aliya DalRae
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe we all have a Bumbling Bea inside us...

Bumbling Bea is a fantastic story full of humor and important life lessons regarding friendship and the struggles that go along with finding your way through junior high, and through life. Bea is very well written with characters you can't help but fall in love with, most notably the title character herself. I know it's a book for kids, but I thoroughly enjoyed Bumbling Bea. Perhaps it's because I saw a bit of my young diva self in Beatrice. I'm looki
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R.M. Gauthier
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Bumbling Bea
What a cute story of a youngster by the name of Beatrice, an eighth grader who is having a difficult time keeping her opinions to herself. And what opinions they are!

Beatrice is a regular kid who is learning the lessons of true friendship, what that means and how to be a great friend. It's not an easy feat for her, but she does seem to learn a lot more than she bargained for.

The story is centered on a grade eight school play which is a unique element. We really don't hear enough ab
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Joanne
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable story for tweens and early teens.

In 'Bumbling Bea', we meet an 8th-grade girl named Beatrice and follow her journey as she learned important lessons about friendship, self-control and self-awareness. It delivers a particularly important message about learning to see something from another person's point of view and allowing that perspective to guide our decisions, actions and words.

Beatrice is a realistic character who struggles to deal with most of the things happening in her life
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Charlotte
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was sent to me by the author for an honest review.
Beatrice is in the 8th grade and really wants the lead in her school play because it'll give her the in with the popular kids. She was sure she had the part, even when the new girl, Michiko tried for the same part.
Beatrice has what she calls her alter ego, Bumbling Bea, that like to come out when she's nervous, scared, embarrassed, or unsure or herself. Bumbling Bea, or BB had been making an appearance quite frequently even before Michi
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Becca Ayers
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE this charming tale because it very much validates those awkward tween/teen moments when things come out of our mouths that we seemingly can't control, and the HUMILIATION that follows when we feel like we have turned a room cold (I have a very vivid memory burned in my brain of the first time this happened in my own life). How wonderful to teach kids not to carry that guilt with them into adulthood by giving that "awkward blurting voice" an alternate name; as if it were an uncontrollable ...more
Tim Learn

Synopsis

Bea’s life gets turned upside down when a foreign student from Japan, Machiko, takes the prize role in the school play. From there, conflict between the two girls arises until one day Machiko gets stuck in the bathroom.



Prose

The writing in this thin book was enchanting. It had a flavor all of its own and rolled on and on very clearly and well. Take a look.



This was one of those times that happen about once a year in your beige life, you know? When what you’d been thinking about, dreaming a
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Today We Did
May 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Today We Did
In a last attempt to get in with the popular kids before high school starts, Beatrice auditions for the lead in the school play. She’s sure she’s a shoe-in, until a new Japanese student interrupts her plans. Michiko is actually a good actor, and suddenly Beatrice finds herself backstage instead of being the centre of the show. Her mean alter ego comes to the fore, with snarky and sarcastic comments, cruel pranks, and behaviour that just isn’t her. Can she overcome Bumbling Bea, befri
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Vera mallard
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
AWARD WINNING BOOK BY DEBORAH BALDWIN
CHILDREN, FAMILY, AND PRETEEN

STORY LINE BUMBLING BEA:

In Bumbling Bea, author Deborah Baldwin creates an enjoyable look into growing up. Beatrice has one more chance to play the lead in the school play before she leaves middle school. After all, playing the lead will ensure she will be in with popular girls. She has planned all year towards this goal, she and her alter ego Bumbling Bea. However, things do not go as planned. A new girl has enrolled from Japan.
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Vera mallard
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
AWARD WINNING BOOK BY DEBORAH BALDWIN
CHILDREN, FAMILY, AND PRETEEN


STORY LINE BUMBLING BEA:

In Bumbling Bea, author Deborah Baldwin creates an enjoyable look into growing up. Beatrice has one more chance to play the lead in the school play before she leaves middle school. After all, playing the lead will ensure she will be in with popular girls. She has planned all year towards this goal, she and her alter ego Bumbling Bea. However, things do not go as planned. A new girl has enrolled from Japan.
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Rajalakshmi Prithviraj
When it comes to books where children are the protagonists, I make it a point to share the story with my daughters. If they loved listening to it, then it means the story is really awesome.

Bumbling Bea is a story about a little girl and her trials and tribulations in the world of drama. The plot revolves around the emotions and thoughts that occupy a child. I wish I could elaborate further but that would lead to loads of spoilers and that would be like doing injustice to the author. You need to
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Beatrice expects that she’ll get the lead role in the annual school play, Pocahontas. Then Michiko arrives at school. She recently moved from Japan. She ruins everything, and there’s nothing Beatrice can do about it. Beatrice's sarcastic, mean and bad side, "Bumbling Bea," is making her appearance more often. Beatrice doesn't know how to prevent Bumbling Bea from taking over. Michiko makes things worse by telling the entire world about Beatrice's secret crush. In her own way, Michiko is acting J ...more
Susan Poff
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enter - Beatrice, an 8th grade student at Oak Grove Middle School, an arts integration school. For the past two years, Beatrice has coveted the leading role of Pocahontas, the school's annual play, but because of circumstances beyond her control, this year is her last chance of securing the role. Beatrice is certain that by securing the role, she will also secure a place with the "in" crowd and grab the attention of her father, a university professor of drama who is no longer living with the fam ...more
Mahogany Thomas
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An attention grabber and curiosity sustainer, it doesn't take long for the reader of Bumbling Bea to be intrigued by the life of Beatrice and impacted by it! Bumbling Bea doesn't just make you laugh, it is transformative! - Not every incident we encounter throughout life is full of joy, and Bumbling Bea helps adolescents especially learn how to balance their emotions while handling situations that might not be ideal. The presence of theatre in these pages adds an original and authentic perspecti ...more
Mahogany Thomas
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An attention grabber and curiosity sustainer, it doesn't take long for the reader of Bumbling Bea to be intrigued by the life of Beatrice and impacted by it! Bumbling Bea doesn't just make you laugh, it is transformative! - Not every incident we encounter throughout life is full of joy, and Bumbling Bea helps adolescents especially learn how to balance their emotions while handling situations that might not be ideal. The presence of theatre in these pages adds an original and authentic perspecti ...more
Melissa Trierweiler
Bumbling Bea was a really fun, relatable account about kids in middle school and junior high and how they handle situations, especially when things don't go exactly according to plan!
I always say that being in the middle school/junior high age range is one of the hardest ages to be, this was a great depiction of what a girl at this age values, but it also handles how to deal with disappointment and overcoming obstacles while making new friends.
I love the role that theatre plays in this book, h
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Angela
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
From my 10 year old son:

Actually, I would give this book a 4.5 star rating if I could because it was interesting, easy to read, and it has a unique topic. I thought it was interesting because I've never had the idea of having an alter-ego to blame stuff on when you do or say something bad. It was easy to read because it had short chapters and not many hard words. And I've never read a book about acting, so it has a new tipic to me. I would defenitly recomend this book to other kids. :)

From me:

I
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Maria Kiguthi
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beatrice (aka Bumbling Bea) is quite funny. Although my 10 year old thought she was very embarrassing and could barley stand some parts because it was sooo embarrassing. Bea and Michiko both want the same part in the play and many funny/embarrassing events occur as they work through discovering how to be friends with someone they are jealous of and navigate the popular kids.
I received a copy through Good Reads First Reads.
Maria Cox
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I used this book as a class read-aloud. My students really enjoyed it. Plus, it helped us to discuss handling not-so-nice feelings. We were fortunate enough to have Deborah Baldwin as a guest speaker and to have her read the first chapter. My students were able to ask her questions. My PTA purchased 7 books, one copy for each of the upper grade level classrooms. My copy is often checked out! A great read!
Donna Grarhwohl
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book by an amazing lady. Deborah Baldwin, I am so very proud of you.
Beverly
Do you remember those pre-teen years of angst? They are not my fondest memories, either. I don't believe there are very many adults who don't remember stupid and insipid things we did or said in those trying years. And then there's Beatrice. She's about to enter high school and she wants to do something important and be treated with respect. But here's the catch. When she opens her mouth, out comes "Bumbling Bea" saying things that are rude, hurtful, crazy, and sometimes just plain mean. Bea is ...more
Billy Buttons
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was entered and was a FINALIST in The 2016 Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:

Title: Bumbling Bea
Author: Deborah Baldwin
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of 17 Readers:
Stats
Editing: 10/10
Writing Style: 10/10
Content: 10/10
Cover: 8/10
Of the 17 readers:
15 would read another book by this author.
10 thought the cover was good or excellent.
17 felt it was easy to follow.
15 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
7 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting
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Emily
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quirky, fun and intensely close capturing of middle school angst. I enjoyed this book as an adult, but could definitely see this being a beloved book for any middle school student especially. So many kids this age deal with their emotions getting the best of them, things coming out of their mouths they regret or actions they wish they could undo. Seeing Bea do this in entertaining and humorous ways is refreshing and I'd think to be comforting for students to see a character struggling with the s ...more
A.J. Flowers
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Bumbling Bea" has the right "voice" for a children's book. It doesn't shy away from challenging vocabulary and has situations that I believe 12~13-year-old's could relate to and enjoy. I do think the cover makes this book seem younger than it is, but I was happily surprised by the content inside. I'm an avid reader of YA, so this isn't such a leap for me, just a bit younger. There are "coming-of-age" struggles everyone goes through at that age, and "Bumbling Bea" does a great job showing us a d ...more
Thom
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: winners
My niece totally loved this book
Jodi Hunter
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was so super cute, and conveyed so many important life lessons. I think all kids would benefit from reading this.
Kester Nucum
Jun 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received a free signed copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review in any way.

Overall Thoughts: A long time ago (like a few months actually) I read a short story called “The Nose” in English. One of the weirdest stories I have read. Even though it was 30 pages, I couldn’t get through even 2 without stopping! I had the same experience with Bumbling Bea, and I did not like it. This is probably the first 1 star review I’m giving a book in a long
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Crystal
Disclaimer: I received this book free from the author.

Beatrice is a little bit of a brat. She’s smart, clever and driven. However, she lets her ambition turn her into this alter-ego she calls Bumbling Bea. Bea does a little more than bumble though, she is a real handful. Here is the synopsis…

Beatrice thinks she has no talent, but that doesn’t stop her from auditioning for the annual middle school play. Easy! Except Michiko, a new girl from Japan, shows up and ruins everything. So begins Beatrice
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Deborah's grandparents were missionaries in Japan in the 1930's where her mother was raised. Consequently, Deborah's mother surrounded her with people of many cultures just as she grew up. When Deborah was sixteen years old, she visited Japan and attributes the attendance to a Kabuki theatre play as the springboard for the story of Bumbling Bea. Since then, Deborah has won awards as an au
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“When does someone love you eough to put you before himself? Had I done so with Michiko?” 0 likes
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