Kissing the Bee

Author: Kathe Kojaq
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
Publication Date: 2007
Genre: Young Adult Novel
Audience: Gr. 7-12

Overview: What happens when someone outgrows his or her best friend? The characters are recognizable in almost everyone’s life: the friend who makes all the decisions; going along like everything is okay; having a crush on your friend’s significant other; trying to keep the status quo while finding oneself. Three friends during their senior year of high school balancing emotions, uncertainties, and their hopes for the future.

Activity: The metaphor of the “queen bee” is used throughout the story. Explore the life of bees to help make the author’s references more meaningful.

Reviewer’s Name:
Deb Marciano