Grades 6 - 8
Grade level Equivalent: 7.8
Lexile® Measure: 780L
DRA: Not Available
Guided Reading: NR
Type of Book: Chapter Book
- Cooperation and Teamwork
- Equality, Fairness, Justice
- Leadership and Responsibility
- Understanding Self and Others
About This Book
One night Thora dreams she is resting in the petals of a great white rose, the sky pure blue around her, no responsibilities but to feel the light breeze and the warm sun on her wings. It's a radical dream — for a worker bee. Especially since worker bees aren't even supposed to dream. They're just supposed to accept the fact that their lives are one endless task after another: keeping things clean, nurturing the young, taking care of the big, lazy drones who trash the comb and ask for honey at all hours.
But something's happened to Thora. Maybe it was meeting sharp-tongued Belle, her first friend among the workers. Or Alfred and Mo, two rebel drones: one a misunderstood poet, and the other an authority-flouting bee who questions everything, but can't get anyone to listen to him. Whatever the cause, Thora starts to see the intricate dance of life and death in the hive in a whole new light.
With crystal-clear prose and a plot full of drama, emotion, and provocative themes, A Hive for the Honeybee gives readers a story with the sweetness of honey and the sting of the truth.