The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees

A Novel

Pre-loaded Audiobook - 2007
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Fourteen-year-old Lily and her companion, Rosaleen, an African-American woman who has cared from Lily since her mother's death ten years earlier, flee their home after Rosaleen is victimized by racist police officers, and find a safe haven in Tiburon, South Carolina at the home of three beekeeping sisters, May, June, and August.
Publisher: [Minneapolis, MN] : HighBridge ; [Cleveland] : Findaway World, [2007], c2001.
ISBN: 9781598956481
Characteristics: 1 sound media player (10 hr.) : digital ; 6 X 9 cm. 1 set of earbuds + 1 AAA battery.
Additional Contributors: Lamia, Jenna


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Jan 09, 2018

I fell in love with this book. It's inspiring, beautifully written, and empowering- while keeping an intriguing but not overly complicated plot. It made me cry and laugh out loud. You know you've found a good book if it can make you both laugh and cry. ❤

Dec 28, 2017

An interesting look into racism during this time in the deep South. I would recommend this book, especially for pre-teens as it introduces the issue of racism in a very fluid way, and how others are effected by it. Really enjoyed this one!

Nov 21, 2017

A young girl who grew up in South Carolina in the early 1960s lives with her black nanny and a trio of beekeeping sisters (May, June, and August). Lily has a hard past, vaguely remembering her mother getting murdered, having an abusive father and growing up in an incredibly racist town. This book really mirrors the book 'To Kill A Mockingbird', the main characters Lily and Jean-Louise really resemble each other in terms of innocence.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Secret Life of Bees is a great novel about learning what family really is all about. This book takes place in South Carolina in 1964. The main character is Lily. She is very brave and decides to run away from her abusive father to a nearby town with her coloured “Step In Mother” in hopes of learning more about what happened to her birth mother. The book also includes a interesting look into racism since it takes place back in 1964. The Secret Life of Bees became inspiring to me and was extremely interesting throughout. This book would be very good for a novel study or a class project for anyone that older than 10 years old. In conclusion, the Secret Life of Bees was a very good book and I truly suggest you to try it out. Rating 4.5/5.
@MapleLeaf1 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Oct 23, 2017

What would you do if you could find out about your mother if she has been gone since you were a toddler? Would you try to find out or not?

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Jul 13, 2016

"The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd, I have to admit, was quite strange, but at the same time inspiring and truly beautiful.
Monk's writing was beautifully detailed and inspiring, but unexplainably awkward and funny. Don't get me wrong, it made the story more down to earth and humorous. It's just that sometimes, specific phrases such as "Rosaleen told me that pissing was the best feeling in the world, besides sex" made you feel a little...weird. I did crack up after reading that though.
As I mentioned before, this was a wonderfully written story. The phrasing was descriptive, magical, and gave me a clear image in my head of what was going on. Yet, what truly made this story great was the stories Sue Monk Kidd told within "The Secret Life of Bees". I felt like I was able to connect with the characters and understand the hardships each one of them went through after hearing how stories - like "Our Lady in Chains"- were able to inspire, and give hope to all of the main characters in the story. That's what made everything seem magical.

Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

May 19, 2016

Really empowering novel about a young girl finding her way with the help of other powerful women.

PrepSchoolGirl789 Sep 15, 2015

This book-I would have enjoyed it more if Sue Monk Kidd pretty much hadn't implied that all men (Lily's Dad) were abusers and stupid. Honestly, I LIKE feminist fiction and it was a good first novel. However, I don't think I'll read any more of SMK's work.

Sep 13, 2015

Loved reading about the bees and the constant honey harvest. We only have one hive, and that harvest day is long, hard and sweetly rewarded!

Aug 30, 2015

An unusual Southern coming-of-age novel about a young girl in search of knowledge about her deceased mother. She escapes her abusive father with her nanny and happens upon a family of beekeeping sisters. It is an excellent first novel and holds its own in the large library of Southern literature. Lots of fun facts about bees and beekeeping.

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Coarse Language: Just a little... no use of the "big one"

Jul 10, 2014

Violence: Fighting scene

Jul 10, 2014

Coarse Language: the N word that's about it.


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Apr 18, 2017

For fourteen year-old Lily Owens, living with her father T. Ray means selling peaches, and reminiscing of the tales of her long lost mother in her free time. When she finds a clue pointing to her mother's true past, her and housemaid Rosaleen adventure to Tuburon, South Carolina, and meet a group of beekeeping sisters who contain the secret to her mother's past.


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