IBNA- 'How to Bee' (2017) a juvenile fiction book by the acclaimed New Zealand writer Bren MacDibble, a story about family, loyalty, kindness and bravery has been translated into Persian and published.
Set against an all-too-possible future where climate change has forever changed the way we live, the book has been rendered into Persian by Heshmat ol-Sadat Mirabedini and released by Tehran-based Cheshmeh Publishing in 251 pages.
Set in a future Australia in a time when there are no bees and children are employed to scramble through the fruit trees with feather wands, much like the pear farmers of Hanyuan in China are forced to do today.
Peony wants to be a bee, a hand pollinator: she's light, she's fast, and even though she's a year too young, she's going to be the best bee the farm has ever seen...except when you're only 9, it's hard to get everyone around you to go along with your plan. A beautiful and fierce novel for middle grade readers, 'How to Bee' explores an all-too-possible dystopian social landscape with an intensely compelling and original voice.
'How to Bee' has won various awards such as: CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers, 2018; NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature, 2018, New Zealand Book Awards, Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction, 2018
Bren MacDibble was raised on farms all over New Zealand, so is an expert about being a kid on the land. She uses the alias to distinguish between books written for younger children (under the name Bren MacDibble) and books written for young adults (under the name Cally Black). She now lives in Melbourne with her family and a cheeky dog, works with gifted children, and teaches writing at TAFE. www.macdibble.com.