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The Bumblebee Flies Anyway [Hardcover]

Robert Cormier
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Jan. 9 1987 M Books
Barney has volunteered for treatment in an experimental hospital as have others, including Mazzo who is rich and handsome and devastated by his encroaching disease. Barney evolves a plan to fulfill Mazzo's remaining dream and the Bumblebee, a glowing red MG, is the key.
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Sixteen-year-old Barney can't remember life before the Complex, an experimental clinlc. He knows he's different--he's the control subject. Then he uncovers a terrible secret about himself, a secret that drives him to fulfill his and his fellow subjects' ultimate dream. The Bumblebee must fly! --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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THE day that Barney Snow saw the Bumblebee for the first time (although he didn't know it was the Bumblebee, of course) was also the day that Mazzo got the telephone installed in his room and Ronson received the merchandise for the Ice Age. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great and Thought Provoking Read Oct. 26 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway by Robert Cormier is an excellent book for teen readers. While the setting and situations of an experimental medicine clinic may be unusual, teens can easily identify with the patients and how they are a society of outcasts. Barney, along with his friends Billy, Ali, and Mazzo, have become ostracized due to their illnesses and each identifies their predicament in an independent manor. The intrusion of Cassie into their society brings a sense of the real world into the Clinic. The result ends in a rather unusual ending that might confuse some readers, but the basic premise will still remain appealing. The adolescent readers of this novel will find Barney's medication and Cassie's special relationship to her twin brother Mazzo conversation worthy thus making the novel an excellent choice for middle school and high school classes in which the teacher is wanting to provoke discussion. The Bumblebee Flies Anyway is also an excellent book that any age will enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Bumblebee Flies Anyway Nov. 20 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This story was about following our dreams and helping others to find theirs. The main character, Barney Snow, lives in an experimental clinic, where everyone one around him is terminally ill. He helps his friends to build the bumblebee. A bumblebee is not supposed to be able to fly, but it does; therefore, a bumblebee is a miracle. In this Barney made us realize that we can never give up, on life or anything else. It was not important of where Barney lived or who his friends were; he made us realize that we should open up to the people around us and that sometimes people need to some help in pursuing their flight of the bumblebee. The part I liked most about this story was the plot. There was not much action or adventure, but the story always had an unexpected surprise waiting around the corner. This story was not what I would call fast paced, but for some reason, it always kept me on my toes and wanting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dark, beautiful, and inspiring novel. July 31 1999
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Robert Cormier does it again in The Bumblebee Flies Anyway! It's a dark and sometimes confusing story (according to my mother, I understood it perfectly), with believable and complex characters and a twist you would never suspect. This is the first Cormier novel I've read, and since then I now own all his books and have read most of them. I was inspired to read it when I actually *met* Mr. Cormier at an awards convention for young writers (I had won an award for a short story I wrote based on the same quote The Bumblebee Flies Anyway was based on). I'm very glad I met such a womnderful man and a fantastic author. This book, so far, is my favourite of all his work, but if you don't know what to read next, pick up a Cormier novel. I guarantee you won't regret it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This was an awesome book! Jan. 29 1998
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I was required to read this book for my seventh grade reading class. We were doing a unit on Identity which means learning about one's self. I thought that this book was an excellent choice. During the final chapters, I felt like I was part of the book. This book is about a special complex built for terminally ill patients that were being experimented on for new drugs. This book made me think about how friends can help one another. An example of this is that Barney did not stay in his "compartment". By staying in his compartment, he would not have helped out Mazzo, which means not getting involved. This book shows that it can be good when "you get involved". - Justin Z.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! July 5 1998
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Darkly poignant and sweetly done, this novel is a must-read for anyone who's ever been a teen...ANYONE. "The Bumblebee Flies Anyway" explores the deep psychologies involved in young Barney's confused and complex life, and shows what happens when life's "expectations" aren't met. As a full-fledged Robert Cormier fan (I've read some six-seven Cormier-penned tales), I can tell you that this is the one to get if you want to get a feel for Mr. Cormier's writing style and unique wordsmithing. It's the type of book to read even IF you aren't assigned it in class...even though none of my high school classes ever assigned any Cormier, I still found his stuff worthwhile reading--and still do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Confusing but tempting. March 21 2000
By Jessica
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well the wierd thing about this book is that I didn't understand it. Normally I don't want to read books i don't understand. But then I felt as if i knew what this boy was thinking and what he was going through. Robert cormier has this way of messing with your mind first you think that there is no way that would happen then wabbam it happens. This is not one of my favorites of his books though. Even though I only read some portions of the book The Chocolate War.I like that one better. They Are both very good books but i understood the Chocolate War better! I encourage to anyone that wants to begin to read any of his books that they should read these two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great psycho-drama, Cormier's finest Dec 6 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've been in school for 18 years (I'm 24 now) and I've read a LOT of books. Nevertheless, I seem to remember this book quite frequently and often tell people about it just because the premise alone is a perfectly fascinating tale. If you are a Cormier fan and haven't read this one, buy it right away! If you haven't read Cormier, this is the one to start wiht. (I'm buying a copy for myself, even though it's young adult fiction!) Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a keeper
This is one of my favourite books ever. It makes one think and leaves one feeling more knowledgable after reading. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars a near perfect novel
I read this book, supposedly a "teen book", when I was in my late 20s, and have read it several times since. It is truly haunting and extremely honest. Read more
Published on July 31 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This book is an excellent book for beginners starting off on Robert Cormier books. The way Mr. Cormier writes is very descriptive and may even attract older readers as well as... Read more
Published on July 14 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This book is an excellent book for beginners starting off onRobert Cormier books. The way Mr. Cormier writes is very descriptiveand may even attract older readers as well as... Read more
Published on July 14 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This is an amazing book. If at first you are a bit confused, persist! It is worth it, and most puzzling things are eventually revealed. Read more
Published on May 2 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bumblebee Flies Anyway
Okay this book was amazing! The details are excelent. This isactually my new fave book. I like books that give good details thatit seems that you are there. Read more
Published on March 30 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book!
I loved it! It was interesing and confusing at the same timebut I liked it alot! You gotta get this book or the ChocolateWar..~Peaace Out!
Published on March 21 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Cormier, but better than many novels
Cormier is a wonderful author, I have enjoyed his work personally and shared them with my students. This novel is not one of his best (Chocolate War, I Am The Cheese) but it is... Read more
Published on March 21 2000
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