A Hive For The Honeybee by Soinbhe Lally

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When Thora, a young worker bee, befriends some drones, she wonders if they really are lords of the hive or if their pompous posturing merely conceals an appalling fate.
 

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Published March 1, 1999 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 240 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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As young Thora and her sharp-tongued friend Belle go about tending the hive and, later in the season, gathering nectar and pollen, the self-appointed Grand Drone creates a bureaucracy, dubbing dreamy Alfred Poet Laureate of the hive, charging disputatious Mo with seeing to it that the sun rises a...

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Thora's friendships with two drones, poet Alfred and philosopher Mo, further politicize her thinking about the role of workers in the hive (the fate of drones, who die after mating with the Queen, and the role of thinkers in society also come under scrutiny).

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In a starred review, PW characterized this story as a "stirring allegory set in a beehive that is undergoing political and social upheaval."

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Common Sense Media

Sensible workers don't have the time or patience for foolishness, and drones, filled with a sense of their own importance that the workers don't share, feel threatened.

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