The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees

Lily thinks she remembers picking up a gun when she was 4 years old. Bang! Her mother is dead. Now ten years have passed. Her abusive father doesn't answer the many questions that she has about her mother. Did her mother really abandon Lily? Did she shoot her mother? It is in the South of 1964, the year of the Civil Rights Act, a law extending voting rights. Roseleen, Lily's black nanny, insults the town's most racist man while on her way to register to vote. After sneaking Roseleen away from the Law, they find refuge with 3 eccentric black sisters. Accepted by these women, Lily and Roseleen blend into the family life, immersed in beekeeping tasks and observing traditions. On a hunch, Lily searches for answers to her nagging questions. Surrounded by her new found friends, Lily discovers truths and the power of love and one's inner strength.

Submitted by C. Wong, Children's Library Specialist (retired)

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