Beholding Bee
Beholding Bee
Beholding Bee
Kimberly Newton Fusco
“Fans of Kate DiCamillo, Jennifer Holm, and Polly Horvath will find this an enjoyable and engrossing read.” —School Library Journal   Bee is an orphan who lives with a carnival and sleeps in the back of a truck. Every day she endures taunts for the birthmark on her face, though she prefers to think of it as a precious diamond.   Then one day a scruffy dog shows up, as unwanted as she, and Bee realizes she must find a home for them both. She discovers a cozy house with gingerbread trim that reminds her of frosting, where two mysterious women, Mrs. Swift and Mrs. Potter, take her in. Whoever these women are, they matter. They matter to Bee. And they are helping Bee realize that she, too, matters to the world—if only she will let herself be a part of it.

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12

Beholding Bee is a book about a girl who has to brave people laughing at her because of her birthmark. Bee is an orphan who is allowed to stay with a woman at the circus. When Bee and her guardian Pauline get separated by a man, Bee needs support more than ever. After Pauline leaves, Bee runs away with her dog and pig. Soon she meets her great grandmothers and they send her to school. At school she learns that she doesn’t need to hide, but needs to show that she isn’t scared to be different or to show her birthmark or her feelings.

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