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Being Bee

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" ...You are going to be pleasant and helpful, Bee, and not chase Jazzi away. I like Jazzi. I want her to be a permanent fixture in our lives and I don't want any bratty, selfish behaviour from you spoiling things ..."Since her mother died, it'd been just her, her dad and her guinea pigs, Lulu and Fifi. A perfect, non-nuclear family. Exactly how Bee liked it. Nothing stays the same forever though, and when Jazzi moves in, bringing with her a whole new way of looking at the world and a whole lot of secrets, Bee knows things are going to be completely different from now on.But change can be a scary thing, and when someone reaches out to you, sometimes the hardest thing to do is to take their hand.This heartwarming, humorous and vibrant story from award winning author Catherine Bateson reminds us that love comes in many shapes and sizes ...even in the form of guinea pigs.
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Gr 4-6-At first, Jazzi is just Bee's widowed father's girlfriend. Then she slowly begins taking over their lives: moving in, cleaning, cooking, and redecorating. The girl knows she should like her father's partner and sometimes she almost does. Then she remembers what the woman represents and drags her feet. Feeling that she has no one to talk to, Bee pours her heart out in letters to her guinea pigs. Savvy readers will guess that her pets' responses come from Jazzi, who is trying to understand and reach out, and not from Bee's father as the youngster thinks. The book deals realistically with a parent dating and the possibility of a stepparent. Bee's emotions and perspectives are honest and clearly presented, and her relationship with Jazzi changes over time in a natural way. The story also deals with acceptance of the mentally challenged. Jazzi has a brother who lives in an assisted-living facility and she keeps it a secret, certain that no one else will understand or accept him. Just by being herself, Bee helps draw the man into the family. She is a likable, believable character dealing with issues that many readers will relate to.-Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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