How to Bee by Bren MacDibble audiobook

How to Bee

By Bren MacDibble
Read by Katherine Littrell

Blackstone Publishing 9781773062136


Format : Retail CD (In Stock)
  • $24.95

    ISBN: 9781094100319

  • $30.00

    ISBN: 9781094100302

  • $19.95

    ISBN: 9781094100326

Runtime: 3.75 Hours
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English



Winner of the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award

Winner of the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature

Winner of the New Zealand Book Award's Esther Glen Junior Fiction Award

An Audible Pick of the Month

How to Bee is a beautiful, fierce and ultimately hopeful dystopian novel, set against an all-too-possible future where the bees are extinct, and it is up to the quickest and bravest kids to pollinate the flowers by hand.

Peony lives with her sister, Magnolia, and their grandfather on a fruit farm outside the city. All Peony really wants is to be a bee. Even though she is only nine—and bees must be ten—Peony already knows all there is to know about being a bee, and she is determined to achieve her dream.

Life on the farm is a scrabble, but there is enough to eat and a place to sleep, and there is love. Then Peony’s mother arrives to take her away from everything she has ever known. Peony is taken to the city to work for a wealthy family. Will Peony’s grit and quick thinking be enough to keep her safe?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“As an example of how to write anthropocene. It is exemplary.” Sydney Review of Books
“The narration captures the book’s mood perfectly, due to Katherine Littrell’s performance. Her beautiful Australian accent doesn’t hurt, either.” audio review
“This story, set in a dystopian landscape, reminds us of the vital role played by the bees that we take so much for granted, but there is even more to the story than environmental issues. We see extreme poverty and domestic violence but also courage and the ultimate insignificance of material comforts when compared to the love of friends and family.” Carousel magazine
“In near-future Australia, ‘bee’ is both a noun and a verb…A vivid futuristic setting enfolds a fundamentally nostalgic plot.” Kirkus Reviews
“The coming-of-age narrative tracking Peony’s journey is deeply felt—especially when her mother puts her in dangerous situations where she must persevere…[A] middle grade tale of courage, with a unique story line that magnifies a realistic threat to one of nature’s most helpful insects.” School Library Journal
“MacDibble’s award-winning debut children’s novel is a refreshing breath of organic, floral-scented air. She has created a recognizable, unforgettable voice in Peony, who is a vibrant personality…Readers will root for her and her friends throughout their challenges and adventures, from surviving in the city to being promoted on the farm.” Booklist



You're reviewing: How to Bee

How do you rate this product? *

1 1 star
2 2 star
3 3 star
4 4 star
5 5 star


Author Bio: Bren MacDibble

Author Bio: Bren MacDibble

Bren MacDibble is the author of The Dog Runner and How to Bee, her first novel for younger readers, which won numerous awards. She also writes for young adults under the name Cally Black. She was raised on farms all over New Zealand, so she is an expert about being a kid on the land.

Titles by Author



Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Runtime: 3.75
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English