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Honey Bea

by Kim L. Siegelson

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This is a wonderfully written novel that is part history (slave), part folklore (African), and told in a way that is not too harsh for middle school readers. Yet, I think that it will help them to ask questions regarding the history of slavery and also give them a reference to the strength that slave families gave each other and carried through many generations.

Bea is a young girl born as a twin but the only one to survive. She has inherited the powers of her grandmother and her mother. The custom had been not to tell the holder of the powers about the gift until they were able to handle it. However, in Bea’s case she starts to feel her independence at the age of 13 and starts taking risks she shouldn’t take.

I will recommend this book to all those students who like historical fiction. ( )
  Donura1 | May 21, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786808535, Hardcover)

On a Louisiana plantation during the heart of slavery, young Beatrice grows up in the care of her protective aunt Abeille. As Bea nears her thirteenth birthday, strange things begin to happen around her. Her master, Monsieur Reynard, seems to have taken a special interest in her, and she has no idea why. Soon secrets held for generations are revealed and Bea feels betrayed. Who is her ally? Her master or her family? And who can help her understand her power, the power that will win her freedom?

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On a Louisiana sugar plantation, a young slave girl struggles with the magical powers that have been passed down from her grandmother and mother to her, unsure of the responsibilities and consequences that accompany this power.

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