The Secret Life of Bees

By Sue Monk Kidd

Would you run away from home to find out what happend in the past?

"Most people don't have any idea about all the complicated life going on inside a hive. Bees have a secret life we don't know anything about" (Page August P.# 148)
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Lily Owens is a girl from Sylvan, South Carolina in 1964. She lost her mom when she was only 4. Their African-American nanny ,Rosaleen, is arrested for spitting her snuff on 3 white men and for that she was beaten as well. Lily runs away from home because she was fed up with her dad and breaks Rosaleen out of the hospital she was in for being beaten. They travel to Tiburon, South Carolina because of clues that Lily's mom was there before she died. They end up staying in a house owned by August, June, and May Boatwright. Lily keeps her secrets about her mom for quite some time while staying with the boatwrights. Lily and Rosaleen had worked with the Boatwrights while they stayed there. Lily became good friends with a boy named Zachary who helped out August with the bees. After Zachary got arrested, Zachary's mother called May. May stressed out about it and killed herself. A couple weeks later Lily's dad comes to Tiburon to get her. August convinced her dad that it was a good idea for Lily to stay with her.

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