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Being Bee

by Catherine Bateson

…You are going to be pleasant and helpful, Bee, and not chase Jazzi away. I like Jazzi. I want her to be a permanent fixture in our lives and I don’t want any bratty, selfish behaviour from you spoiling things…’

Since Bee’s mother died, it’d been just her, her dad and her guinea pigs, Lulu and Fifi. Nothing stays the same forever though, and when Jazzi moves in, bringing with her a whole new way of looking at things and a whole lot of secrets, Bee knows life is going to be completely different from now on.

But change can be a scary thing, and when someone reaches out to you, sometimes the hardest thing to do is to take their hand.

About Catherine Bateson

Catherine Bateson writes poetry, verse novels and novels for both younger readers and young adults. She has won the CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers twice - with Rain May and Captain Daniel, 2003, and Being Bee, 2006. Rain May and Captain Daniel also won the Queensland Premier's Literary Award. Three of her other novels, The Wish Pony, Painted Love Letters and Millie and the Night Heronwere CBCA Honour Books. Millie and the Night Heron was shortlisted for the YABBA and the KOALA Children's Choice awards, 2007. Her first book for Woolshed Press was the critically acclaimed The Wish Pony, which was an Honour Book in the 2009 CBCA Book of the Year awards.  


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