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The Queen Bee and Me


Note from Gillian:

Have you ever had a best friend who sometimes acted nice ... and sometimes not-so-nice?


Best friends aren't always forever, which can be a difficult (and sometimes painful) lesson. I wrote this book to explore the way friendships can change over time, especially as we grow up. 


A Great Fit for:

  • Readers experiencing friendship changes and tween struggles

  • Readers starting to find their own voice 

  • Readers who like STEM + environmental topics

  • Parent/kid discussion: What does it mean to be kind? How can you stay true to yourself and still be a good friend? 

Honors & Awards

  • A Junior Library Guild selection

  • ★ Booklist, starred review

  • Green Earth Award, 2021 Cadmus Children's Fiction Honor Book

  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

  • Amazon Teacher's Pick

  • Triple Crown Lamplighter Award Nominee


Book Details

Age range: 8-13

Grade level: 3-8

Hardcover: 288 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

ISBN-10: 1681197510

ISBN-13: 978-1681197517

Art by Isabel Roxas, design by Jeanette Levy


Available in:

  • Hardcover

  • Paperback

  • Ebook

  • Audio book, narrated by Piper Goodeve

Signed copies available through Quail Ridge Books
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