A unique fantasy adventure for readers, ages 7-12

It’s not easy being different – especially when you are one of thousands in a hive.

Manuka knows as a worker bee, she’s only supposed to do her job and not ask questions. But her head is so full of ideas that could improve life in the hive that sometimes they just pop out of her mouth. Typically, this gets her in trouble – especially when she starts to question why bees in her hive are getting sick.

As Manuka and her friend Cotton get closer to the answer, they cross Acacia, the Queen Bee’s Chief Attendant. Acacia banishes them to the outside world, where they are forced to fend for themselves. Although dangerous, this world also offers hope. Manuka finds new friends – including a fierce but friendly bumblebee, a lovesick male bee, and a fast-talking hummingbird – and learns of a Sacred Tree that may hold the cure for what ails the hive. However, Manuka must face Acacia once again – and Acacia has more than one deadly secret that could mean the end of everyone and everything that Manuka loves.

Elizabeth Weigandt’s QUEEN BEE is a celebration of the power of individuals and ideas. Young readers will thrill in experiencing of the amazing world of honeybees up close for the first time.

Available at these bookstores:

Pages LogoPages Bookshop (19560 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI)

Schuler Books Chapbook Cafe

Schuler Books & Music (2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids and 1982 Grand River Ave., Okemos, MI)

Nicola’s Books  (Westgate Shopping Center, 2513 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor, MI)

The Book Nook (114 Newman St. East Tawas, MI)

Barnes & Noble (19221 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods)

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