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The Bumblebee Flies Anyway by Robert Cormier

The Bumblebee Flies Anyway

by Robert Cormier

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I remember this book fascinating me as a teen ( )
  rin.wilson | Apr 20, 2013 |
unspoken teenage suicide pact
in a hospice
ignorant of psychic powers ( )
  ansate | May 29, 2011 |
Barney Snow has a euphemism for everything. Treatments are "the merchandise," and Dr. Lakendorp is "the Handyman." In every way, he tries to block out the fact that he lives in an experimental hospital, where the terminally ill agree to undergo experimental treatment for the good of those in the future. Unlike the others, Barney isn't sick, and he has no idea what he's doing in "the Complex." But he finds plenty to keep his mind occupied, from co-resident Mazzo's hot twin sister to Barney's great plan to steal parts from the next door junk yard, build a car, and give bitter Mazzo one last joy ride. Cormier builds his story slowly, but the characters and eery mood keep the reader enthralled. Recommended for ages 14-18.

Award: the 1985 Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award (Nominee) ( )
2 vote saraherndon | Apr 30, 2010 |
Cormier tackles medical ethics in this book, set in a research facility for people with terminal illnesses. Considering that nearly every character in this story is dying, it's not as depressing as it could be. This is due to the protagonist, Barney, and his strength of spirit. The ending is so tragically beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. ( )
  meggyweg | Mar 7, 2009 |
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (Laurel-Leaf Books) by Robert Cormier (1991)
  Francostudies | Feb 5, 2009 |
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The day that Barney Snow saw the Bumblebee for the first time (although he didn't know it was the Bumblebee, of course) was also the day that Mazzo got the telephone installed in his room and Ronson received the merchandise for the Ice Age.
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Barney lives in an experimental clinic surrounded by dying teenagers. He's the only one who isn't sick; the doctors are conducting experiments on his memory, not his body. He befriends the other patients and begins to construct a car in the attic so he can let one friend "go out in a blaze of glory" instead of die in his bed. In the process, Barney learns painful truths about himself.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 044090871X, Paperback)

Sixteen-year-old Barney can't remember life before the Complex, an experimental clinlc. He knows he's different--he's the control subject. Then he uncovers a terrible secret about himself, a secret that drives him to fulfill his and his fellow subjects' ultimate dream. The Bumblebee must fly!

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Sixteen-year-old Barney has only fleeting memories about his past but, as a voluntary patient at the institute for experimental medicine, he knows he is different from the terminally ill patients surrounding him. His involvement with the bitter, slowly dying, Mazzo brings Barney hope, pain, and a moment of heroic glory.… (more)

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