Article Title

Hour of the Bees


Jess Verzello


Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, Lindsay Eagar, Mexican-American, Magic, Family

Document Type

Book Review


There might be nothing worse for a twelve-year-old city girl than to be forced to spend an entire summer in the hot, boring New Mexico desert taking care of a grandfather she’s never met. Carolina, who goes by Carol, dreads helping her family pack up the dying sheep ranch and move her dementia-riddled Grandpa Serge into an assisted living facility. But Carol and Serge begin to form a connection as he recounts her Mexican-American heritage and the life that once occupied the barren desert. Carol finds herself desperate to solve the mysteries of the bees, the lake, and the people from Serge’s stories that seem too fantastical to be real. By summer’s end, Carol (Caro-leee-na as Serge calls her) finds herself desperate to save the ranch and her heritage connected to it.