The first time I saw them, I thought they were angels.
- first sentence
Well, this was a bit quirky. I liked it, but I didn't love it.
Steve is a worrier, and what he worries about most nowadays is his baby brother. His parents are worried too. The baby has things wrong with him, and he isn't strong enough for the operation yet. The wasp queen visits Steve in his dreams and says she can make things better. All Steve has to say is "yes." But, things aren't always what they seem, and the queen may not have the baby's best interests at heart after all.
This book asks us to question what is normal and decide if an imperfect life is still worth living.
This book is nominated for a Sunshine State award, grades 6-8 (2017-18). It might be a bit creepy for kids though. The wasps are scary and there are some life or death situations. Steve doesn't know who to trust or how to protect his brother. He wants to do the right thing and readers will certainly root for him. Steve is scared at times, but he shows true bravery to protect his baby brother.
Just keep in mind, this is a horror story, a fairy tale horror story, but still...
This is my second Free Read Friday book. It has 272 and is worth $6.00