This book’s title may pique the curiosity of beekeepers but it will disappoint them if they are hoping to read about bees for it has nothing to do with bees or beekeeping. It will however delight young readers seeking adventure.
The author writes with great sensitivity and understanding of young folk around the teenage years. It is an exciting modern adventure in an era when most parents have to work extra hard to juggle their busy multi-role lives and sometimes cannot spend much time with their children. However, there is a real feeling of warm happy family life in this story. The children are encouraged to be outdoors, and to find things to do other than play with electronic gadgets. Consequently, the children are resourceful and have a lot more fun.
Characters are introduced via a biographical fact sheet in a novel and interesting way which is also fun to read. School life is described and inspirational teachers feature which is refreshing.
There is a bit of “big brother and irritating little sister” scenario to start with but, over the course of the story, things change. Loyalties are put to the test when the children encounter “baddies” in the shed they call the bee hive and use as a den. In the end, brother and sister, Dan and Alice become close and good friends.
There is a real feel-good factor in this story which is wonderfully illustrated by Toni. I will be buying this book for my young friends.