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hive, poisoned, honey, drought, Manuka, Cotton, Acacia

Queen Bee
by Elizabeth Weigandt

It’s not easy being different – especially when you are one of thousands in a hive.

Manuka knows as a worker bee, she’s only supposed to do her job and not ask questions. But her head is so full of ideas that could improve life in the hive that sometimes they just pop out of her mouth. Typically, this gets her in trouble – especially when she starts to question why bees in her hive are getting sick.

As Manuka and her friend Cotton get closer to the answer, they cross Acacia, the Queen Bee’s Chief Attendant. Acacia banishes them to the outside world, where they are forced to fend for themselves. Although dangerous, this world also offers hope. Manuka finds new friends – including a fierce but friendly bumblebee, a lovesick male bee, and a fast-talking hummingbird – and learns of a Sacred Tree that may hold the cure for what ails the hive. However, Manuka must face Acacia once again – and Acacia has more than one deadly secret that could mean the end of everyone and everything that Manuka loves.

Queen Bee is a celebration of the power of individuals and ideas. It is also a story about how finding your destiny can be the same as finding yourself

"QUEEN BEE is the whole package for parents. It has a great and exciting story, which will be great for all kids. The main character, Manuka, is someone you instantly like. She’s a speak-your-mind kind of bee who calls someone out when she sees something wrong, and will do something if she sees the opportunity to help. Added to that is the subtle message woven throughout the story about the environment.

This book will give parents many opportunities to talk with their kids about the environment and global warming, talk with them about bullying, talk with them about doing what you think is right, and let them discuss self-confidence and believing in one’s self. Queen Bee is going to be a huge hit."

- Mark Cheverton, New York Times bestselling author of Minecraft-inspired novels such as INVASION OF THE OVERWORLD and BATTLE FOR THE NETHER

"QUEEN BEE is a great book for young readers. It is a great way for kids to learn a lot about bees, how they live, work (and) survive together. The book contains a lot of accurate nonfiction wrapped up in a captivating story appealing to young readers."

- Gretchen Abrams, education programs coordinator at The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

"QUEEN BEE celebrates the power of the idea and becoming our best self. I appreciate the easy flow of the storytelling, the quirky dialogue and attention to detail as Ms. Weigandt paints every single hair on our heroine bee’s head and her surroundings so vividly and lyrically. There is an optimism and can-do spirit that weaves throughout the tale which I think will be quietly inspirational and entertaining for younger and older audiences alike."

- Chris Kuhn, author of THE MUSE UNLOCKED and OUR SEASONS

Elizabeth Weigandt lives and writes in Grosse Pointe Michigan. She is an author who likes to explore the different ways that humans – and sometimes animals and insects – live and work together. She especially enjoys creating characters, such as Manuka, who make their dreams come true through ingenuity, grit, and determination. Fans of Queen Bee will be delighted to learn that it is the first in a series that will follow the adventures of Manuka and her friends.


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