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Being Bee
Bateson, Catherine, 1960-
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Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 2007.

Physical Description:
126 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Bee faces friction at home and at school when her widowed father begins seriously dating Jazzi, who seems to take over the house and their lives, but as shared secrets and common interests finally begin to draw them together, Jazzi accidentally makes a terrible mistake.
General Note:
Originally published: St. Lucia, Qld. : University of Queensland Press, 2006.
Reading Level:
740 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.4 4.0 117748.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.5 7 Quiz: 41817.
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J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf

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Bee can't understand what her father sees in Jazzi. Ever since Bee's mom died, she, her dad, and her two guinea pigs, Fifi and Lulu, have been getting along just fine. Now Bee is supposed to welcome Jazzi, with her bangled skirts and her rock-hard scones and her new way of looking at everything. Imagine how Bee feels when her dad invites Jazzi to move in! Life certainly gets more complicated, especially after Bee discovers that there is something big that Jazzi has not told Dad. Yet knowing the secret makes Bee see another side of Jazzi, one that oddly enough makes Bee more comfortable. Full of warmth and humor, this novel looks at loss, trust, and acceptance from the viewpoint of a young girl.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Not everyone adapts easily to major changes. Bee certainly does not. When her widowed father begins dating Jazzi, Bee objects to  Jazzi calling her Beatrice and fights with her friends over whether Jazzi is effectively Bee's stepmum (one of the subtle clues that the book is set in Australia). Sensitive issues, such as Jazzi's move into the house and the way the new situation brings up memories of her mother, are addressed by Bee in her matter-of-fact, self-absorbed way. This bitingly frank portrayal gives the book opportunity for plentiful doses of humor that balance the poignancy of Bee's loss and her rocky relationship with Jazzi. Fully realized characters surround Bee, from adults to the guinea pigs whose image graces the top of each chapter. A sympathetic story of three people struggling to create a new family.--Harold, Suzanne Copyright 2007 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.