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Weeks, Sarah, author.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Scholastic Press, 2015.
Physical Description:
152 pages ; 22 cm
When she suspects that her father has a girlfriend, Melody and her best friend are determined to figure out who it is and why it is a secret.
Reading Level:
830 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.2 4.0 171639.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.4 7 Quiz: 65462.
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Melody has lived in Royal, Indiana, for as long as she can remember. It's been just her and her father, and she's been okay with that. But then she overhears him calling someone Honey -- and suddenly it feels like everyone in Royal has a secret. It's up to Melody and her best friend, Nick, to piece together the clues and discover why Honey is being hidden.

Meanwhile, a dog named Mo is new to Royal. He doesn't remember much from when he was a puppy . . . but he keeps having dreams of a girl he is bound to meet someday. This girl, he's sure, will change everything.

In HONEY, Sarah Weeks introduces two characters -- one a girl, one a dog-- who are reaching back further than their memories in order to figure out where they came from and where they're going. It's a total treat from beginning to end.

Author Notes

Sarah weeks was born March 18, 1955 in Ann Arbor Michigan. She received her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from New York University. Sarah is the author of numerous best-selling children's books including Glamourpuss, Woof!: A Love Story, Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth, If I Were a Lion, the hilarious Mrs. McNosh series, and many more.

Sarah's book, So B. It, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Melody, 10, lives in the small Indiana town of Royal with her father, and she doesn't think much about her mother, who died when she was born. But after Melody hears her father call someone Honey on the phone and begins to notice his distracted ways, she's quick to realize something's up something that might mean big changes in her life. This simple, sweet story is cleverly told from several viewpoints, which is a choice not often seen in books for this age group (especially since one of the viewpoints belongs to a dog). As Melody tries to find the reason for her father's surprise happiness, a woman named Bee-Bee opens a local nail shop, where she makes her own glorious colors of polish, and Mo, the dog, remembers a pretty blonde. Weeks pulls these stories together in a straightforward yet elegant way that will please children. Peopled with a (mostly) fresh crew of characters (including a grandfather who smokes in the garage after disconnecting himself from his oxygen tank), this elevates the typical fare for this age group.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2015 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In spite of never having known her mother, 10-year-old Melody Bishop leads a pleasant small-town life in Royal, Ind., playing word games with her good-natured father (a humanities teacher) and hanging around with her best friend, Nick Woo. When Melody begins to suspect her father has fallen in love, she determines to find out who it is. Interwoven with Melody's story are two others: that of Bee-Bee Churchill, the owner of the town's new beauty salon, the Bee Hive, and Bee-Bee's 10-year-old French bulldog, Mo, who has his own significant backstory; the three threads eventually intersect in predictable but pleasing ways. Minor intrigue and misunderstandings drive the slender plot, but Weeks (Pie) succeeds in creating an emotionally credible and moving resolution, as well as a small cast of realistic and engaging characters to flesh out the town of Royal. Readers who like words will enjoy the list of 100 nail-polish names Melody creates for the Bee Hive, which concludes this straightforward, affecting read. Ages 8-12. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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