Hour of the Bees

Genre: Middle Grade

Hour of the Bees

Performed by:
Almarie Guerra

What does it mean to be fully alive? Magic blends with reality in a stunning coming-of-age novel about a girl, a grandfather, wanderlust, and reclaiming your roots.Things are only impossible if you stop to think about them....While her friends are spending their summers having pool parties and sleepovers, twelve-year-old Carolina—Carol—is spending hers in the middle of the New Mexico desert, helping her parents move the grandfather she’s never met into a home for people with dementia. At first, Carol avoids prickly Grandpa Serge. But as the summer wears on and the heat bears down, Carol finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by the crazy stories he tells her about a healing tree, a green-glass lake, and the bees that will bring back the rain and end a hundred years of drought. As the thin line between magic and reality starts to blur, Carol must decide for herself what is possible—and what it means to be true to her roots. Readers who dream that there’s something more out there will be enchanted by this captivating novel of family, renewal, and discovering the wonder of the world.

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 9 hours
Media Options:
  • Retail Trade: CD, Download, MP3-CD
  • Library Editions: CD

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Lindsay Eagar

Lindsay Eagar is the author of the middle-grade novels <i>Hour of the Bees</i>, which was an International Latino Book Award winner and was short-listed for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and <i>Race to the Bottom of the Sea</i>. She lives in the mountains of Utah with her husband and two daughters.
Almarie Guerra

Almarie Guerra is a fully bilingual, Los Angeles based actor. She has a BFA in Theatre from the University of Puerto Rico, and has worked on many TV, stage, and voice-over projects. Almarie is a member of Story Pirates: a group of improvisational artists that perform stories written by elementary school children across the nation.

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