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Title:
Honey
Author:
Weeks, Sarah, author.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Scholastic Press, 2015.
Physical Description:
152 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
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.
Language:
English
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.
ISBN:
9780545465571
Format :
Book

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Summary

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 3-6-Ten-year-old Melody and her widower father have always been extremely close. So Melody is shocked when she overhears part of a phone conversation where he calls someone "Honey." Melody and her best friend, Nick, are determined to uncover the mystery woman's identity, and information from Melody's annoying six-year-old neighbor, Teeny, leads them to the newest beauty salon in Royal, IN: The Bee Hive. The point of view shifts throughout this story, and at the Bee Hive, listeners hear from its proprietor, Bee Bee Churchill, and her small dog, Mo. Each character's separate story line ultimately connects in a satisfying, if predictable, conclusion. This sweet story is voiced expertly by Rebecca Soler, and she does a wonderful job capturing each character's unique personality. Listeners always know who is talking, and her pacing keeps the story moving forward. VERDICT This title will appeal to middle grade students who enjoy realistic fiction and animal fiction titles.-Anne Bozievich, Friendship Elementary School, Glen Rock, PA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.