Tuesday, June 26, 2012


This is the cover for BEHOLDING BEE, which will be in bookstores in February.

Inside the front flap, the copy will read:

"Bee is an orphan who lives with a carnival and sleeps in the back of a tractor trailer. Every day she endures taunts for the birthmark on her face, though she prefers to think of it as a precious diamond.

Then one day a scruffy dog shows up, as unwanted as she, and Bee realizes she must find a home for them both. Soon she discovers a cozy house with gingerbread trim that reminds her of frosting. There two mysterious women, Mrs. Swift and Mrs. Potter, take her in. They clothe her, though their clothes are oddly out of date. They feed her, though there is nothing in the house to eat. And, strangest of all, only Bee seems able to see them. Whoever these women are, they matter. They matter to Bee. And they are helping Bee realize that she, too, matters to the world. If only she will let herself be a part of it.

This tender novel from an acclaimed writer beautifully captures the pain of isolation and the healing power of community."

I am proofing final edits this month, and am getting more and more excited to welcome BEE into the world!