The Bumblebee Flies Anyway

The Bumblebee Flies Anyway

by Robert Cormier

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They are all going to die. All of the patients at the Complex are terminal, with no hope of reprieve. But they’ve volunteered to come here, to this experimental clinic to allow themselves to be test subjects. Still, they’re all going to die.
All except Barney. Barney cannot remember much about his life before the Complex, but he knows that he’s there as a control. To see how the drugs being tested will affect a nonterminal patient.
And then they start testing a new drug on him . . . one that will affect his memory.
And Barney starts to remember things he doesn’t want to remember. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307834270
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/19/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Robert Cormier (1925–2000) changed the face of young adult literature over the course of his illustrious career. His many books include The Chocolate WarI Am the CheeseFadeTendernessAfter the First DeathHeroesFrenchtown Summer, and The Rag and Bone Shop. In 1991 he received the Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring his lifetime contribution to writing for teens.

Date of Birth:

January 17, 1925

Date of Death:

November 2, 2000

Place of Birth:

Leominster, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Leominster, Massachusetts


Fitchburg State College

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The Bumblebee Flies Anyway 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book voluntarily when it was released in 1984 and I must say, after all these years, that has to be one of the best books i've read, and I have read many. I recommend this book for everyone, especially if you like books with unexpected twists and turns. I must tell you, that ending still haunts me!
meggyweg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cormier tackles medical ethics in this book, set in a research facility for people with terminal illnesses. Considering that nearly every character in this story is dying, it's not as depressing as it could be. This is due to the protagonist, Barney, and his strength of spirit. The ending is so tragically beautiful it brought tears to my eyes.
skuledaze on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not an easy book to read even by Cormier's standards, but well worth persevering,
D_MacGowan More than 1 year ago
Okay, I can't say that this book is cheery, but it is extremely well-written and you care about all of the characters. I have re-read it several times, and it never fails to catch me up in its magic.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
as a person whos never even read the book...i think we should all just forget reading and do somthing more enjoyable. for instince, we can go get drunk and wrestle the homeless!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sixteen-year-old Barney Snow is sent to the Complex for an experiment. He can't remember anything before his life there or why he's there in the first place. He's not dying like the other people there and that earns him dislike from stuck-up Mazzo. Although he makes friends with the 'Handyman'(the doctor), Ali, and Billy the kidney. Barney continues to go through his different tests and Mazzo comes up with a deal for Barney. Cassie, his twin sister, is coming from Italy and he wants Barney there to greet her and stop her from persuading him to let his family come visit him. Barney immediately falls in love with Cassie. The story continues on with Barney uncovering more of his past and many obstacles along that path. The ending may be confusing, but this deffinately a book you DON'T want to miss!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a good depictoin of what its like in an experimental hospital. This book told how kids deal with the experiments. It showed all the different ways they deal wiyh it. The book is written very well. I recomend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book after seeing the movie on the stand at Blockbuster. I got the book out of the library and found it hypnotizing. The book starts off with Barney Snow, a boy of sixteen growing up in an experimental hospital for terminally ill people, only he's different from everyone. He's not dying. He's there for an experiment on memory. The doctors erase some of it and do tests and treatments that have affects which he calls 'aftermaths'. He's acompanied by the 'Handyman'(the doctor), Billy the Kidney, Ali Roon, and Mazzo. Mazzo is despised by all. He's a spoiled, rich guy probably about twenty, who's angry at the world, and angry at the fact that Barney's not like them. He however has a deal for Barney. Mazzo's twin sister is coming, and he wants Barney to make sure that he doesn't get convinced in letting his family see him. Barney personally can't understand it. He doesn't remember his life before the hospital, and would love to at least know who his family is. Cassie, Mazzo's sister, comes, and Barney falls in love with her. There's some weird connection between Mazzo and Cassie, that doesn't turn up until later. Meanwhile, Barney finds out a deep secret about himself. He becomes friends with Mazzo and helps fullfil his last dream,to drive in a car again. The Bumblebee.