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“Bees on the Roof” is available for purchase at Amazon and Tumblehome Learning.



“Sam and his friends discover that honeybees are incredibly cool animals, that nature is unbelievably interesting, and that the mysterious collapse of bee colonies worldwide is one of the most intriguing — and compelling — mysteries in science. As a naturalist, I like how Shell seamlessly weaves the science of bees and beekeeping into the plot, but I love how Sam and his friends discover a central truth: that nature heals, that connecting to nature makes us better people.”  — Mike Weilbacher, Executive Director, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

“What a honey of a tale! Shell uses the world of teens — swarming with bullies, a science fair competition, friendship, loss, and first love — to teach readers about the crucial role of honeybees in our environment and a mysterious illness that is now threatening their very survival.” — Jim Bobb, Chairman Emeritus, Eastern Apicultural Society of North America

“Robbie Shell has done a fantastic job presenting information about honeybees and their struggles in an engaging way that kids can understand. Much like in a bee hive, the book’s characters work together through thick and thin towards a common goal. They demonstrate that each person’s action can make a difference. This book will inspire budding young environmentalists to stay involved in ecology issues. I love how it demonstrates that everyone can do their small part to help the planet, even if they live in an urban cityscape.” — Debra Tomaszewski, Founder and Executive Director, Planet Bee Foundation

“A super fun and interesting story that is full of fascinating facts about honey bees and beekeeping! Readers will enjoy following the adventures of The Bee Team as they embark on this journey of learning and discovery.”–  Adam Schreiber, former president of The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, backyard beekeeper and father to two budding beekeepers