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Honeybees and Frenemies

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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  26 reviews
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 (first published 2019)
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Samantha (WLABB)
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 e ...more
Laurie
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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Ms. Yingling
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
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 lea
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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 wa ...more
Laura Gardner
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
⭐⭐⭐⭐💫/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
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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
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 w ...more
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 t
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Susan
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Kate Waggoner
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you to the @KidLitExchange network and the publisher for the advance copy of Honeybees and Frenemies by Kristi Wientge.

This is a cute middle grades novel about friendship, family, moving, and honeybees. Flor is looking forward to the best summer ever as she and her best friend Brooke, at twelve years old, are finally old enough to be dropped off at places on their own and they have season passes to the water park. When Brooke goes off to band camp, Flor is left to
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Andrea
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Honeybees and Frenemies by Kristi Wientge is the story of Flor and a summer that is anything but what she thinks it'll be. First off, y'all, I wanted more bees. Each chapter began with a bee fact, and there was some bee stuff interspersed throughout, but I just was intrigued enough that I wanted to know more. Given this is a middle grade novel, I suppose that's good in that it'll make kids do research to find out more on bees.
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Anna
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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Darla
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 high ...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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Rebecca Allen
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.

Co
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Allisa White
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 h
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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.
caitlin
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Review copy courtesy of Edelweiss.

A good purchase for libraries where realistic fiction is popular. Flor and Candice have a controversial history: Flor won her town’s honeybee pageant and Candice was first runner up. This summer they’re forced to work together to compete in the pageant. Can they put aside their differences?
Cody Roecker
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Karen Maurer
This was close to a 4 star book. Quite good. It started a little slowly and the "frenemy" part bothered me a bit. Believable. Informative. And satisfying at the end.
Annabelle Goller
Cute story, loved the bee facts, it just felt a little disjointed at times.
Jennifer Hill
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Flor's best friend, Brooke is headed off to band camp for the summer and Flor is stuck at home helping with the family mattress business. As summer starts in Honeydale, OH, the 50th anniversary of the Honey Festival is being planned and Flor was a former Miss Honeybee and is asked to return along with all the other Miss Honeybees. She is not interested until they move on the first runner up, Candice, who is her enemy. Flor and Candice have to work together to compete and volunteer in the communi ...more
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Nicole
May 04, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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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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Anna
rated it it was amazing
May 16, 2019
Elizabeth Appenheimer
rated it really liked it
Apr 18, 2019
MayorEmma
Okay, so Flor's summer plans have not turned out the way she wanted, and she ends up having to work with her
enemy, who is still mad at her for winning a pageant in third grade. The two have to team up and despite their differences, work together to be in the bee festival.

What I liked:
-it included bees!
-The character was actually afraid of the bees at first
-Mysterious old guy? now that makes things more interesting

Didn't like as much:
-I got bored during parts of it because it moves very slow.

I
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Laura Phelps
rated it liked it
Apr 12, 2019
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