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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 Definitely a keeper Oct. 20 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of my favourite books ever. It makes one think and leaves one feeling more knowledgable after reading. I was pleasantly surprised upon realizing that I enjoyed this tale. Barney goes through so much and the ending leaves you breathless. If ever you want to be proud of reading a book and understanding it, try this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great and Thought Provoking Read Oct. 27 2002
By GG
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 near perfect novel July 31 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. An exceptional book for those who aren't into the typical rose-colored-glasses outlook on life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent July 14 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 younger ones. I highly recommend this book and at it's price I think you should buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent July 14 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 younger ones. I highly recommend this book and at it's price I think you should buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow May 2 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. Beautifully written, fascinating, and inspiring - and never predictable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bumblebee Flies Anyway March 31 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. My fave character was Bily he was so sweet. But this is a great book! END
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