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The Honey Bus by Meredith May
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it was amazing

This is a cross between a memoir of a difficult childhood and a hymn to the honeybee.

Meredith and her brother Matthew come to California with their unstable mother following the breakup of their parents’ marriage, to stay with grandparents. Grandfather is a passionate beekeeper, and in bees Meredith finds solace without sentimentality, as she discovers the intricate social life of bees, with both its cooperation and its capacity for ruthlessness.

Much of the book is taken up with superb accounts of that social life, seen through a child’s eyes. There are warnings of the threats to bees, which have worsened since Meredith’s childhood.

This is a book to savour, both as natural history and as a depiction of a young girl learning to survive and make the best of things in very painful family surroundings.

With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for letting me have an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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*TUDOR^QUEEN* Michael, your review is superb. Just perfect! 💓 Glad you got to enjoy this very special book as much as I did. 👑🌹

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