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Honeybees and Frenemies

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Twelve-year-old Flor faces a bittersweet summer with a pageant, a frenemy, and a hive full of honey.

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
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Published June 4th 2019 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Samantha (WLABB)
Flor was so excited for the summer. She had her Kings Island season pass and her best friend, and she was ready to have fun, fun, fun. But, all her plans went to pot, when her bestie went away to band camp, and Flor was stuck in Honeydale. To make matters worse, she was forced to work with her ex-friend, Candice, for the honey festival, her parents were fighting, and the family business was struggling. This became her summer of honeybees and frenemies and a lot of personal growth, and I really ...more
Laurie
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interest Level: 5-8

Imagine it is the summer before your eight grade year. It should be a time for sun and fun, right? Well not for Flor! Her best friend is going off to band camp where she will probably meet a new best friend, she has to work at her dad's mattress store, and to top it all off she finds out she has to participate in the Little Miss Honeybee pageant. Flor hates the Little Miss Honeybee pageant because when she won first place in third grade it caused her to lose you previous best
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mindful.librarian ☀️
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
HONEYBEES AND FRENEMIES is such a great new middle grade story from @kristiwientge !! I loved her book KARMA KHULLAR’S MUSTACHE and found this one just as delightful.
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HONEYBEES AND FRENEMIES is a story about two rising 8th graders and a talent competition and family and money worries and friendship and community involvement and HONEYBEES! The girls decide to learn how to bee beard (go look it up!) and between that and the messages about honeybee preservation and honeybee facts in each chapter
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Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Flor is looking forward to summer with her friend Brooke, since they are finally old enough to go around town by themselves AND they have season's passes to King's Island. When Brooke gets accepted to a music camp, Flor tries to be happy for her, but it does ruin her plans. Instead, she will be helping out at her family's struggling mattress store and dealing with her irritable high school age sister, Fran. Flor's grandfather died a few years ago, but had been a town
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Michelle Leonard
It’s the summer before eighth grade, and Flor’s got plenty of reasons to be unhappy. She’s stuck in Honeydale, Ohio working at her family’s mattress store wearing a mattress costume outside in the heat and being pestered by her older sister. Even more troubling, the store’s not making much money, causing her parents to argue a lot. Just when it seems things can’t get any worse, her BFF heads to band camp AND Flor is asked to compete in the 50th Anniversary Honey Festival reunion pageant. Flor ...more
Laura Gardner
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
/5 for HONEYBEES AND FRENEMIES by @kristiwientge
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Summer is not turning out the way Flor wanted it to. Her best friend, Brooke, is off to summer camp for a month and her parents won't stop fighting about finances related to the family's mattress store. Now she has to compete in the local honey pageant with her former best friend and current frenemy, Candice. They're tasked with volunteering at local grump Mr. Henry's house. When Flor learns that her family might have to move away for a new job
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Cara
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must own this for the cover art alone! And to lend it to as many people as possible.

The story is paced just like the small town it is set in. It is real all the way through. Racism is real. How it is played out seems to be very subtle sometimes. I think the author was intentional about how she wrote this. It would have been easy to spend a lot more of the story on how this affects the characters, but she doesn’t, and her audience has the chance to see a few of the layers of those who inflict
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Poodle
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Well, it was more of a 3.5 stars. I found the plot very interesting at some points, and I thought that the facts about bees were interesting, like how bees so not pollinate red flowers, due to the fact that it looks black to them.

Anyway, the basic plot was a girl (Flor) and and Candice were best friends, until the pageant happened and Flor won. Then they were enemies, until they had to be in the same team for the 50th pageant that Flor has to compete in.

During their time together, they become
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Alex  Baugh
Seventh graders Flor and Candice used to be best friends, but that all changed. Now Flor is looking forward to spending the summer with her new bestie, Brooke. But when Brooke heads off to music camp, Flor is very disappointed. But when she ends up having to work together on a volunteer project with Candice, the two girls need to figure out how to get along. I thought this was a well written novel and an interesting look at learning to be open and honest with friends.
Sarah
Bees seem to make a fairly frequent appearance in literature. Rearing their winged little bodies yet again, honeybees play a central role in Kristi Wientge's middle grade novel. Set in Honeydale, Ohio, a town known for, you guessed it, honey, this is the story of two arch enemies competing in the 50th Anniversary Honey Festival pageant. Tasked with helping out the town curmudgeon, Mr. Henry, the pair must figure out a talent to showcase for the festival in order to win the prize money they both ...more
Jennifer
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
Loved this sweet friendship story, Wientge’s sophomore effort. It has so many hooks for readers: forced reunions with soured friendships, moving, financial hardship, pageants, sisters, and environmentalism.
Jaime
Honeybees and Frenemies is a cute story about friendship and family. But more importantly, it’s a realistic story about friendship and family. Kristi Weintge captures the tween experience in a heartfelt and relatable way. Flor is a wonderful protagonist—she’s funny and stubborn and creative. She doesn’t hold back her thoughts or emotions, even if that lands her in a few sticky situations, but she also holds to what she believes and does what she believes is best. I love the honeybee aspects as ...more
Cody Roecker
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned so much about bees as I read this cute novel about friendship, family, love, and loss. I think there's some really deep discussion of what the potential of moving across the country does to a kid and I love love loved the family dynamics and the growth of friendship throughout.
Christina
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Kristi Wientge’s debut, Karma Khullar’s Mustache, so I definitely wanted to get my hands on her latest, Honeybees and Frenemies. Thank you NetGalley for the review copy!

It’s the start of summer and Flor’s plans to spend time at King’s Island with her best friend, Brooke, are scratched when Brooke announces that she’s going to band camp. Adding insult to injury, former friend Candice approaches and informs them that it’s the 50th Anniversary of the Honey Festival and it’s going
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Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
Honeybees And Frenemies was a really cute read, and I'm glad I read it. I ended up really liking it!

This book was really cute, and I really felt for Flor, who is teaming up with a former friend to win the summer pageant. Something about all of the festivals mentioned made me think of Gilmore Girls, where they have random festivals and town events throughout the years.

It was interesting to see them team up, but I'll admit to wanting more of why Candice was horrible to Flor. I mean, I get being
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Susan
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author and @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

It’s the summer before eighth grade. It is the first summer Flor and her best friend, Brooke, will be allowed to go to the pool, the mall, the bookstore and even the amusement park by themselves. It’s supposed to be a perfect summer, but then suddenly Flor learns Brooke is off to band camp (where she’ll undoubtably make new friends) leaving Flor behind to work in her family’s mattress store. She
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Sarai Davila
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although at times I felt that this book didn't quite deliver on all the plot points it brought up, I still found it to be a sweet story, full of important lessons for adolescents.

"Honeybees and Frenemies" tries to perhaps fit too many plot points into one novel. Too many issues are brought up, such as prejudice, minority issues, homelessness/poverty, environmentalism, illness, moving, friendship problems, parental fighting, businesses that fail, economies... etc. I think it was just a little
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Cathleen P. Brenycz (Woven From Words)
**I received Honeybees and Frenemies through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review**

I received 'Honeybees and Frenemies' a few months ago, and I'm excited to finally have the chance to talk about this book! It covers the tale of two middle school girls, Flor and Candace, learning to work together after their friendship falls apart years earlier. Along with navigating the shaky ground of 'fair-weather' friendships, Flor is also enduring the fear of relocating due to a breakdown of family
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Anna
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received an eARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Before eighth grade begins, Flor plans for a summer with her best friend. However, her best friend Brooke suddenly tells Flor that she is going off to a band camp for the summer. Suddenly, Flor is facing a summer without her best friend.

To make matters worse, the town is having a special 50th anniversary of the Little Miss Honeybee pageant. All the past winners from the past 10 years are required to participate in
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The Library Lady
This is a very typical "realistic fiction" story of a type I've read many times. Flor(and Flor is short for Florence, she is not Latina, but she is half Indian) is bummed because her best friend is going away for the summer, her father's mattress store is failing, her mom is looking for a job in New Jersey (and as a native NYer, that would depress me too), and things are tense between her parents anyway. And then she is roped into participating in a special 50th anniversary celebration of the ...more
J Mccarragher
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlitexchange
@kidlitexchange #partner “Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the
review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.”

Honeybees and Frenemies by Kristi Wientge is a feel good easy read with a significant message if you take the time to reflect on it. Wientge cleverly tells a story of small town living, friendship, and family struggles that most middle grade students can identify with. Flor and Candace have to renew their friendship while servicing their community all under the guise of
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Darla
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This new middle grade novel gets high marks from me for its summertime slice of life vibe. Flor is dismayed to be stuck in her hometown of Honeydale, OH, for the summer while her bestie Brooke is off to camp. Then Flor gets the news that she is expected to defend her 3rd grade win in the local honey pageant. When Flor waffles on participating, her frenemy Candice is offered the spot. The two end up being partners and the daring duo comes up with a talent that is a showstopper. Bee facts are ...more
Miriam
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you agree to be part of a "beauty" or "talent" contest, you never know what you're in for. That's what happens to Flor and Candice, former Honeybee Queen and Attendant respectively, when they were in third grade. Flor and Candice are going into eighth grade and it's the fiftieth anniversary of the award and these former BFF's must work together on their "talent." At the same time, they are helping out local honey bee owner Mr. Henry. Oh, you can guess where this story goes.

It's full of ups,
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Libby
I unabashedly picked this book up because of the pretty cover, but it turned out to be a pretty good read inside as well. It took me a little while to get into, but it was a nice story about former friends trying to get to know each other under new terms and life not going as we planned.

The main character, Flor, is unhappy because her best friend, Brooke, is away for the summer, and she has to work with a former best friend, Candice, for their town's annual Honey Festival. Even worse, her dad's
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Rebecca Allen
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
Honeybees and Frenemies is chock full of authentic middle-grade voice and emotion. As your awesome summer is about to start, what could be worse than finding out that your best friend will be heading to her dream band camp rather than hanging out with you? To add insult to injury, the pageant that ruined Flor's life 3 years ago is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an all-star reunion--winners from the past 10 years competing for the crown. Flor's looking for her way out but not finding it.

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Fatim
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book. Written for the YA genre but heartwarming for adults too, this is a story about friendship, endless summers, family and life’s curveballs. As Florence faces a potential move away from the friends and home she loves, can teaming up with a frenemy change the decisions ahead? The author tells a gentle tale about friendship and life ... with the bonus of learning about honey and bees along the way

The second of Weintege’s books, this is a perfect summer read. It sweeps you
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Allisa White
Flor's summer is officially ruined when she's asked to take part in a pageant as part of the Honey Festival her town puts on every year. And it gets worse because she has to do it with her worst enemy, Candice. With her best friend gone at summer camp and her parents fighting over finances, Flor isn't sure she will survive the summer.

Flor is honest-to-goodness the best. She's smart, sassy, loving, and determined. All of her problems feel so relatable and heart wrenching--I just wanted to cheer
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Hannah
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this story. The characters were sweet and the plot line fun. I loved that each chapter had a fun bee fact.

This story is centered around Flo, who has an older sister that loves to boss her around, parents who are fighting, a best friend who is absent, and on top of that her path crosses with a former enemy.

This is a great and fun read. I was easily engaged and thrilled to keep reading.
Shannon
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super cute book! I really liked all of the information that I learned about honeybees! The book sleeve says that the characters are about to be in 8th grade. However, that’s the extent of being “older” This is a sweet book about friendship and changing/maturing and dealing with change as you get older. I’ll definitely be adding it to my 5th grade library’s
Mary
I really enjoyed this book about friendship, bees, and family dynamics. It would have been a 4-star review for me but there were more than a few grammatical errors as well as a few clunky sentences/phrases. I plan to see if it can be added to my library because I believe I can “sell” this book to my patrons.
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