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8 Bee-utiful Books Named After Insects

Sarah Jane Abbott is an associate editor for Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books, imprints of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.  She grew up having NANCY DREW books read to her by her father, and is now an avid reader of mystery, thriller, and horror, along with everything from literary fiction to poetry to personal essays.  She graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in English and a concentration in creative writing.  Sarah Jane is an advocate of quasi-destructive book love—her best-loved volumes are highlighted, scribbled in, dog-eared, and wavy from being dropped in the bath tub.  

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and the insects (for better or worse) are buzzing, crawling, and flying. In honor of the bees and butterflies of the warmer months—and even their less welcome buggy cousins, the mosquitos and wasps—here is a swarm of insect-inspired books.


The History of Bees
by Maja Lunde

This spellbinding and deeply moving novel follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future—in 1852 England, 2007 USA, and 2098 China—as they work for better lives for their beloved children and battle against an urgent, global crisis that threatens not only the bees but humanity itelf.

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The History of Bees
Maja Lunde

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The House of the Scorpion
by Nancy Farmer

Matteo Alacrán was not born; he was cloned from the DNA of El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium—a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. Matteo struggles to understand his existence while facing threats from many sides, including El Patrón’s power-hungry family. Escape is the only chance Matt has to survive, but escape from the Alacrán Estate is no guarantee of freedom.

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The House of the Scorpion
Nancy Farmer

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Firefly Lane
by Kristin Hannah

In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place as an eighth-grade social outcast until the “coolest girl in the world,” Tully Hart, moves in next door and the two become inseparable friends. Spanning more than three decades, this is the powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives.

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Firefly Lane
Kristin Hannah

In the turbulent summer of 1974, two very different teenage girls enter into a friendship that will be the anchor of their lives for the next three decades. As they grow into women and pursue divergent dreams, their friendship remains strong until a single act of betrayal puts their friendship to the ultimate test.

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The Butterfly Cabinet
by Bernie McGill

Based on a true event set in late nineteenth-century Ireland, this is the story of Maddie McGlade, a former nanny now in her nineties, who realizes that the time has come to unburden herself of a secret she has kept for over more than seventy years: what really happened the day Charlotte Ormond, a four-year-old girl Maddie nannied for as a young woman, died. The book unfolds in alternating chapters between Maddie’s story and the prison diaries of Charlotte’s mother, who had been held responsible for her daughter’s death.

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The Butterfly Cabinet
Bernie McGill

When former nanny Maddie McGlade receives a letter from the last of her charges, she realizes the time has come to unburden herself of a secret she has kept for more than seventy years: the truth behind the death of Charlotte Ormond, the four-year-old daughter of the wealthy household where Maddie was employed as a young woman. Based on chilling events that actually took place in the north of Ireland in 1892, this is a dark, emotionally complex novel that explores the dark side of turn-of-the century aristocracy. Charlotte's mother, Harriet Osmond, is violent, abusive, and (what else?) an avid lepidopterist.

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The Moth Presents All These Wonders
by Catherine Burns

Carefully selected by the creative minds at storytelling phenomenon The Moth, ALL THESE WONDERS contains the stories of people, including an astronomer gazing at the surface of Pluto for the first time, an Afghan refugee learning how much her father sacrificed to save their family, a hip-hop star coming to terms with being a “one-hit wonder,” a young female spy risking everything as part of Churchill’s “secret army” during World War II, and more.

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The Moth Presents All These Wonders
Catherine Burns

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The Girl in the Spider's Web
by David Lagercrantz

Genius hacker Lisbeth Salander and crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist are back in this follow-up to Stieg Larsson’s THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST. One night, Blomkvist receives a call from a source who claims to have information vital to the United States. Blomkvist, always on the lookout for a story, reaches out to Salander for help. She, as usual, has plans of her own.

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The Girl in the Spider's Web
David Lagercrantz

For fans of “Mr. Robot”

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, and Elliot Alderson, vigilante hacker of “Mr. Robot,” would make the ultimate hacker dream team. Both genius hackers are forced to face a ruthless underworld of spies, cybercriminals, and government operatives. While you wait for season three of “Mr. Robot,” revisit Stieg Larsson’s gripping Millennium series.

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The Mosquito Coast
by Paul Theroux

In a breathtaking adventure story, the paranoid and brilliant inventor Allie Fox takes his family to live in the Honduran jungle, determined to build a civilization better than the one they’ve left. Fleeing from an America he sees as mired in materialism and conformity, he hopes to rediscover a purer life. But his utopian experiment takes a dark turn when his obsessions lead the family toward unimaginable danger.

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The Mosquito Coast
Paul Theroux

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The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar
by Matt Simon

A fascinating, mind-blowing jaunt through evolution’s most unbelievable, most ingenious solutions to the problems of everyday life, from trying to mate to finding food. Join Wired science writer Matt Simon as he introduces strange and wondrous creatures that have it figured out, ones that joust with their mustaches or choke sharks to death with snot, all in a wild struggle to survive and, of course, find true love.

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The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar
Matt Simon

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