The Big Sting (Hardcover)

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The Big Sting (Hardcover)


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A visit to Leo's grandfather's farm turns upside down when his grandmother's beehives are stolen. A light-hearted and funny middle-grade novel for fans of Rebecca Stead and Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

Eleven-year-old Leo is an "armchair adventurer." This, according to Dad, means he'd choose adventures in books or video games over real-life experiences. And while Leo hates the label, he can’t argue with it. Unlike his little sister Lizzie, Leo is not a risk-taker.  

So when he, Lizzie, Mom and Dad leave the city to visit Grandpa on Heron Island, Leo finds all kinds of dangers to avoid — from the deep, dark ocean to an old barn on the verge of collapse. But nothing on the island is more fearsome than Grandpa himself — Leo has never met anyone so grumpy! According to Mom, Grandpa is still grieving the recent death of his wife, a beekeeper beloved by everyone on the island.

Despite Leo's best efforts to avoid it, adventure finds him anyway when Grandma’s beehives go missing in the dead of night. Infuriated, Grandpa vows to track down the sticky-fingered thieves himself . . .  with risk-averse Leo and danger-loving Lizzie (plus a kitten named Mayhem) in tow.
RACHELLE DELANEY is the author of several middle-grade novels, including The Metro Dogs of Moscow, which was a CLA Book of the Year Honour Book, as well as a finalist for the Silver Birch Award and the Red Book Cedar Award, among others. Its sequel, The Circus Dogs of Prague, was shortlisted for the Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award. The Bonaventure Adventures won BC's Chocolate Lily Award in 2019 and Clara Voyant was a Chocolate Lily Award nominee. Visit her at
Product Details ISBN: 9780735269309
ISBN-10: 0735269300
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date: February 7th, 2023
Pages: 224
Language: English
"A story full of mystery, adventure, and personal challenges that will have readers buzzing." —Kirkus Reviews

"This character-forward beekeeping mystery considers the limitations of labels and the authentic messiness of IRL adventures." —Publishers Weekly

"[A]n action-packed, riotous quest to solve the mystery of the missing hives. . . . Delaney’s memorable cast of characters will strike a chord with tweens." —CM Reviews

"A cute funny story about self-confidence, family and stretching your boundaries." —Calgary Herald

“Rachelle Delaney has written a book that manages to be informative . . . while also being rollicking good fun.” —BC Book World