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Honey Hardcover – January 27, 2015
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From School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—At the center of Weeks's sweetly titled novel, is Melody, a 10-year-old girl whose mother died when she was born and who has spent her whole life with her father in Royal, IN. As the book opens, Melody notices that her father is distracted—burning food, whistling "You Are My Sunshine," and, most concerning, calling someone "Honey." A visit from Teeny Nelson, her six-year-old neighbor, confirms Melody's suspicion that her father has, in Teeny's words, "been bitten by the love bug." Along with her friend, Nick Woo, and a cast of winning supporting characters, Melody sets out to discover "Honey's" identity. At the same time, in passages that may be confusing to younger readers, a dog named Mo has a mystery of his own to solve. He dreams about a girl he knows he's supposed to be with, but first he has to find her. Much of the novel's action takes place in the Bee Hive, a local salon owned by a woman named Bee-Bee Churchill who can fill in the missing pieces of Melody's story—and is known for her homemade nail polish. Weeks has a good eye for the details of Melody's life—her anxiety about school, her love for her father and grandfather, and her need to learn more about her mother. Recommend this warm and good-hearted novel to fans of Kate Dicamillo's Because of Winn-Dixie (Candlewick, 2000).—Shelley Sommer, Inly School, Scituate, MA
* "Weeks deftly leavens moments of hilarity with the process of grieving in this sweet coming-of-age story in which Alice learns from Aunt Polly to follow her heart and to open it as well. Readers will close the book with a satisfied sigh and may seek out an adult to help them bake a pie." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review
* "What do you get when you take some scrumptious pie recipes, stir in a mix-up of a mystery involving an overweight cat and a legacy, then add a sly satirical nod to the Newbery Medal? This irresistible confection. . . . Warm, delicious and filling." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review
"The text richly describes the pie-making (and eating) process and includes multiple mouth-watering recipes for readers to try themselves. This would make a tasty readaloud for classrooms or families; stock up on pie ingredients first." -- BCCB
"This enjoyable chapter book is a real charmer." -- BOOKLIST
"Stimulates both sweet tooths and sweet nostalgia." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
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Top Customer Reviews
This is an excellent read for families, a great audiobook for a car trip. While the book's main characters are children, the themes of the story will appeal to all ages.
Pros: Like Sarah Weeks’ Pie, this is an immensely satisfying book with likeable characters and a plot that unfolds at just the right pace to keep the reader guessing to the end.
Cons: Although plenty of third, fourth, and fifth graders would love this book, there’s no big “hook” to use in a book talk.
Without spoiling this book, we encourage you to RUN not walk out to your nearest book store (or library) and check it out. Sarah Weeks will grab your attention right away as she writes these smaller stories within the story and connects them all at the end!
By the way, if you enjoy this book, you will also LOVE her book PIE!
Ten year old Melody Bishop lives with her father, a high school Humanities teacher, in the small town of Royal, Indiana. Lately, Melody senses something different about her father--he is easily distracted, burns his cooking, and has been whistling the same tune repeatedly. When Melody overhears her dad call someone "Honey" on the phone, she assumes someone special has entered his life...but who could it be? What follows is Melody's quest to discover who has captured her father's heart. With the help of her best friend Nick and the unwelcome assistance of her six-year old neighbor Teeny, Melody uncovers more than the answer to her father's mystery; she discovers her past, and a friend she never knew she had.
I loved this book. The writing is eloquent yet simple. It reaches into the hearts of the characters and lets the reader feel their joys and sorrows. Definitely a book I will share with my students. Am planning to purchase a copy of Pie as well!