Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh. Everything in Bea's world has changed. She's starting seventh grade newly friendless and facing big changes at home, where she is about to go from only child to big sister. Feeling alone and adrift, and like her words don't deserve to be seen, Bea takes solace in writing haiku in invisible ink and hiding them in a secret spot. But then something incredible happens--someone Everything in Bea's world has changed. But then something incredible happens--someone writes back.
And Bea begins to connect with new friends, including a classmate obsessed with a nearby labyrinth and determined to get inside. As she decides where her next path will lead, she just might discover that her words--and herself--have found a new way to belong. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Way to Bea , please sign up.
Why did the author expose us to this? See 2 questions about The Way to Bea…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 08, Lola rated it really liked it Shelves: friendship , middle-grade. I knew I would love this book before I even turned the first page. The Truth About Twinkie Pie was wonderful—of the emotional sort—and so surprisingly creative.
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I had a feeling I would love this one too. The beauty of this novel is that it can be enjoyed by adults also. But The Way to Bea explores universal themes and is masterfully written. Who do you turn to?
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How do you react? Beatrix Lee is very much into Haiku poems so she pours all of her thoughts and emotions into them. She even starts to converse anonymously with a classmate in invisible ink, sometimes sharing her poetry. This helps.
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But so do the new friends she makes. I loved how the heroine found patterns in her life. How she found links between things, especially when talking about people—both kids and adults—finding it hard to approach other people. The friends she makes accept her as she is, whereas her former best friend has joined a new group that find her weird. This is also what I mean by universal themes. We can all connect. Bea makes it even easy to relate to her, the lovely girl that she is. A winner. View all 3 comments. Apr 09, Laura rated it liked it. The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh, in my opinion, is packaged much younger than it reads.
It sounds like a cute, middle-grade story about friends and mazes and labyrinths and secret notes. And there was a lot of cuteness, but the lying, skipping school, oblivious parents, and more made it feel much older than the blurb let on and not what I was hoping for. Beatrix Lee Bea is starting 7th grade with no friends or support. Her best friend stopped talking to her.
Now Bea feels alone and unsure of who to b The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh, in my opinion, is packaged much younger than it reads. Now Bea feels alone and unsure of who to be. If her Bea-ness made her best friend walk away, should she change? How can she possibly stop being Bea? Stop being the girl in constant search of her theme song, the girl who writes poems in the air, and the girl who misses sharing everything with her BFF?
With no friends or place to fit in, Bea runs and hides the school day away. One day she stumbles upon a safe place though and maybe, just maybe finds a friend there too. Bea and Will are super cute together. Their straight forward, honest, often filled with silence time together was my favorite part of the book. Actually the side characters made this book for me. Briggs and Will were a joy to meet. Bea made strides with facing her fears and old friends, but overall, I did not enjoy spending time with her.
I loved her poetry though. Her Haiku and not quite Haiku poems made me think. But these sweet, little word gems inspired me to put pen to paper and try Haiku. Speaking of putting pen to paper—I wish the secret pen pal plot point continued a bit longer. I thought that was supposed to be a big part of the fun. Messages like…. I want to give a heads up to other readers or parents. The use of matches in this story came up several times. Matches were struck in the woods without much care.
But this! This felt like they were used for entertainment. Bea writes her poems with lemon juice and water to make them invisible, so a match or heat is needed to make them visible again. Cute idea. Purely my issue, but I wanted to put it out there for others to decide and discuss. View all 4 comments.
May 06, Kathie rated it it was amazing. Oh my goodness, a new heartprint book. View 2 comments. Feb 11, Danielle rated it it was amazing Shelves: middle-grade-ya. Aug 10, Patty rated it it was amazing Shelves: middle-grade , favorites. I do not know the way Until that extra thump six on your heart tells you that you've made the wrong choice. Only this time, it's not just a haiku—it's real life. And there's no starting over. What an absolutely beautiful, emotional, and realistic read!! What you feel inside is what you put out in the universe. I mean, how do you keep someone and make sure they don't leave?
How do you figure out how to be and how to act, so they don't even want to begin to think I do not know the way Until that extra thump six on your heart tells you that you've made the wrong choice. How do you figure out how to be and how to act, so they don't even want to begin to think about leaving? It's like you saved me from eternal invisibility. Briggs frowns. I think people should talk about things. How is anyone suppose to understand anything or how are things suppose to get better if you don't talk about it? Jan 21, Kelly rated it it was amazing.
Loved this book filled with honest middle school angst. And the librarian is super cool. Bonus points. Jul 11, Shenwei rated it it was amazing. A Bea-utiful book about finding new friends when your old ones have abandoned you and learning to be true to yourself. Sep 05, Audrey Webster rated it liked it.
Review can be found on my blog. On one hand, I loved Bea - her insecurity, her quietness, her loyalty to her friends. She is definitely a person who lives inside her head more than she's speaks and it shows in many of the moments she has with her classmates. The secondary characters were great - Briggs, Mrs. Riggs, and Will especially. She made the char 4 stars This is a hard book to review for me. She made the characters leap out of the speakers for me. That said, I do not know if this is a middle school book written for middler schoolers or a middle school book written for adults.
Also, I will be completely honest and say I did not like Bea's parents. AT ALL. They get so wrapped up in each other they are in love you see and they only have eyes for each other , that not only do they not see all the hurt Bea is going through with her former friends, they just plain don't see Bea. This little exchange made me sad: "My mom doesn't show up for stuff sometimes," I offer. Riggs looks at me and nods. I'm glad I can help. Not for dinner or breakfast or anything Riggs looks startled. I love you and I see you.
And yes, there was a cute "We are your parents and we love you so much" resolution at the end but I didn't buy it. It was a little too late. You know who is going to end up in charge of the new baby? Bea, that's who. So that dropped my enjoyment of the book a bit, seeing her parents through the perspective of an adult as opposed to a twelve year old reading this. It's a good book with tight writing but I just can't understand how I ultimately feel about it.
Jun 08, Alisha Marie rated it liked it Shelves: arc-s , own-voices , diverse , read-in , children-s-books. I'm weird with Middle Grade books. There are a few that I have really liked and there are some that I found underwhelming. This one falls right in the middle of these two categories.
I felt like I could feel her pain. I also loved the resolution between Bea and S. I thought that it was so realistic. It seems to be more about Bea discovering herself. I did find the middle to be a bit of a slog however, I'm an adult reading a middle grade novel so take that with a grain of salt and it did feel a bit long. In the end, I liked The Way to Bea. This book shined the brightest when it was getting into Bea's loneliness and her angsty inner most thoughts.
If you're looking for something with adventure, though, I'd skip this one. View 1 comment. Jan 08, Jordan rated it it was amazing. The Way to Bea was fantastic. While many realistic middle grade novels and graphic novels tend to revolve around a lead that is awkward or trying to fit in, Bea focuses on actual anxiety that some kids may feel. It felt really honest, and I think a lot of kids that find this wonderful story are going to relate to one of many possible characters.
Sep 23, Michele Knott rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in , middle-grade. When it says it's written by Kat Yeh, that just means go ahead and preorder. Kat gives us another amazing middle grade read that is sure to captivate all readers. Mar 14, Luke Reynolds rated it it was amazing Shelves: arc , empowering , inspiring , nailbiter , omg-totes-amaze , relatable , realistic-fiction , cant-put-downable , heartwarming , myfavorites. She did an impeccable job crafting a relatable protagonist with a phenomenal voice and capturing all the emotions of what's it like to be a kid like she's truly been in those same places.
However, what I loved about that book was its sincerity. Yeh's writing is earnest and heartrending in all the right ways. Her casts of characters feel real and are always entertaining, and following their journeys is fun. Nothing feels forced. Bea, the protagonist here, is another lovable protagonist that feels real, and her journey with trying to find her best self was fun. Additionally, the characters represent all walks of life once more, and everyone will be able to see pieces of themselves in them.
However, the wandering plot and some lack of development for other characters aside from the leads still remain. I did notice these more with the follow-up, but it doesn't detract from yet another fantastic story with a big heart. Beatrix "Bea" Lee is the titular character here or, I realized, the former acronym of Book Expo , and once again, Yeh's crafting shines here.
Bea's journey itself was wonderful, but her emotions are tapped into incredibly well. The loneliness without a best friend she can only refer to by the first letter of her name which was an excellent touch to me, especially since this changes later so we learn her name view spoiler [ Sammie hide spoiler ] and those of the friend group , the anxiety that swelled up when she had to confront her past, the realization of how fun making haiku was and of making new friends so she could let them in, and even her sass as she's opening up felt genuine and achingly human. To see her grapple with these things made me realize just how much Yeh has experienced pain and joy, and Bea was that sponge soaking up those prior moments on her way to find her best self, planning a labyrinth we also got the official definition of mazes and labyrinths, thank goodness; now I know the difference conquering adventure with a new friend, and realizing she's best when she's creative.
Romance played absolutely no part with her, no matter when she was exasperated at how mushy her parents could get or when she discovered Briggs had a crush on her she just really, really liked him instead of liking him. She held no interest when Sammie became involved with boys as she got older as well, so it has me wondering. I could be wrong with that, though, seeing as no label was mentioned. All the characters in The Way to Bea were diverse and interesting to read.
Seeing the differences in how they interacted with Bea made me invested in the world of this book. Mother Seton has Baltimore roots, a definite plus. However, Bishop Oscar has always been one of my heroes because he managed to piss off his government and piss off the Pope in the same lifetime, a truly saintly achievement which led to his martyrdom. Backs up the wisdom that no good work goes unpunished. Oscar in a tight one. Another tough vote today. I am drawn to Elizabeth Seton. I am learning a lot everyday, and this is fun. What a tough choice! I greatly admire Mother Seton for her courage in the face of bigotry which was great, even in the face of her living the Gospel in a practicle way, and also for her courage as a woman in the face of utter male domination I admire her for the courage to bring the needed actualization of Mother Spirit to the Church.
His testimony for courageous compassion must have also carried the knowledge that in doing so, his life was certainly at risk, which he was willing to risk for the sake of his people, oppressed and oppressors, in calling them all to the hope of the Gospel. Another hard choice today. Such wonderful folks to consider and lives to meditate upon as we travel through Lent. Romero was martyred by government forces because he stood with the oppressed.
Besides, the bishop was way ahead. Had to vote for Oscar Romero. Mother Seton embodies the Christian impulse toward charity, but Saint Romero of the Americas to me embodies the Christian journey of transformation. When I questioned why the poor have no bread, they called me a communist. Thanks for such an enlightening comment!
This match is entirely unfair! We need some mediocre saints in this line up… I am a little disappointed that no mention was made about the fact that Seton was the first person born in the US to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. I think that is pretty significant, and why I voted for her.
I love stories of transformation. I also love the story about his strategy in getting everyone to come to the cathedral together. I remember that day as if it were yesterday. I was pregnant with my son and wondered why I was bringing children into an evil world. This was actually the easiest choice for me so far. I think my bias from stories from friends of the horrors of parochial school taught by nuns made me discount EA Seton more than I probably should have, but to me Osacar Romero was the more halo-worthy candidate.
Awidow with 5 children at 29? Rejected by her family? Romero was brave, etc. Personally the toughest decision yet. For the couple of years before that I had listened to stories about him, his broadcasts and the couple of occasions she had met him, when we shared long expensive phone calls every few months.
Then the bombing at the funeral…. Yes, this choice feels so personal this time…. Still not certain. He never finished celebrating the mass at La Divina Providencia, nor was his requiem mass ever finished. His anniversary of martyrdom this year will be Palm Sunday; the 25th anniversary in was Maundy Thursday so I see his life of sacrifice closely linked to the Passion. Hard choice! I usually vote for the martyrs for they are surely saints. But today I voted for Seton. When I left the Mennonite Church to join the Episcopal Church I faced quite a bit of resistance from family and friends.
It takes courage to follow God to a new place when your family has always been somewhere else. Both of these stalwarts have personal family ties, so this is a tough one. I could vote for either, happily. Especially not for someone who left the Anglican fold. Had to go with Romero. Fighter for social justice, martyr and the movie was good! Elizabeth among her patron saints! Sorry Beth. As an educator, a single mother, a sometimes poor women, a member of an order not hers , and a worker for the rights of the oppressed I strongly identify with Mother Seton.
However, unlike her I have remained with the church of my birth, the Episcopal Church, and it may be if the Episcopal Church of her time had offered communion as we do now, she might still be an Episcopalian. I know if I could not receive at least weekly, I might have left too. Both of these saints inspire me and while I am not in any sense of their caliber, my strong identification with Mother Seton prompts me to cast my vote for her. I went to the Episcopal church, to an Anglo-Catholic parish with daily communion, from a tradition where some congregations had monthly communion.
Receiving communion is one of the most worshipful things we can do! At last several connections including a basket ball connection! Seton Hall University, named for Mother Seton, frequently puts a decent team on the hardwood. This year is not a good example of their normal level of play. Go for Educator Elizabeth Ann Seaton. Though I was kicked out of St.
Thomas More, I think Seaton would have loved me. Sorry Nun so-so-so for calling you an SOB. Who has more boldness or bravery? An educator hands down. I know Bishop Romero is going to win, but maybe Mother Seaton will get hot from the three point line! I am so glad to be part of the Church — and Lent Madness — where I am only one of many who strive to follow Jesus and to be inspired and motivated by the many saints who have given us such fine examples of how to live and behave in many circumstances.
Thank you all for your comments which I read and learn from. I am loving Lent Madness! Oscar Romero is certainly worthy of the lead he currently carries in this contest, but I had to vote for Mother Seton because I used to be a single mother and I share her heart for ministry to poor, single women. And because my husband has a primary relic of Elizabeth Seton. As much as I revere the awe inspiring witness of Oscar Romero and what he did for his people, I had to vote for one of my earliest role models.
I voted for Oscar but this was the hardest vote yet. Certainly two worthy contestants! So, while both are worth examples for all of us, I will go with the Archbishop. How can you not vote for a single, independent, strong woman who did so much good for the poor. Elizabeth did what was needed at that time and accomplished so much for others. From your site, I thought you might enjoy seeing a music video that we just produced on Oscar Romero.
It is part of a new CD release. Go to TheMartyrsProject. Feel free to use it on your site, review the album or video, or blog about The Project. If you do, let us know so we can put a link on ours. If you are interested in a story on The Project, please get back to us. We are located in Indianapolis. You can follow us on Twitter martyrsproject. We frequently visit the Shrine and the Grotto near the campus. He became a nightmare to the established church and a blessing to the people.
When I was in Mexico last Fall, I stayed with nuns and we watched the movie about his life together. One of them was one of the nuns in the film! I saw through their eyes how people like Oscar Romero represent the hope of the church and Emmanuel, God being with them and among them. I went with Liz!!! I may be a Episcopalian now but came from UP background. I am a kindred spirit to someone who helps widow and orphans.
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Like we are told to do!! Besides I cannot abide how she was treated by so called Episcopalian Christians!! I commend the Archbishop for his sacrifice! I think he has his golden halo already so I still like Liz!! This was a difficult choice for me to make. That was how I first learned of Mother Seton. In my 30s, I had a chance meeting with a member of the Sisters of Charity that has stayed with me.
Still, in the end, I voted for Oscar Romero as an icon of advocacy for those who have no voice. It was a choice of core values over emotional resonance. With the liturgical renewal of the midth century. I value her witness in the time that she lived. However, having visited El Salvador and especially the place where Abp. Romero was killed, I have to vote for him. I voted for Msgr. Mary the Virgin. Very high episcopal church. Lots of bells and incense, otherwise known as smells and bells.
I had to go with Mother Seton on this one. Seton hugely admirable. Voting Romero today for his refusal to abide by a status quo that was keeping him quite comfortably, and his hugely effective witness to transformation of self and society. I found this round to be by far the toughest yet! However, my vote went to Seton. To be a single mother of no less than 5 children and to help others in their need is a remarkable feat. Romero also is exceptional, we all know how hard it is to swim against the tide.
Well done guys for a challenging match up and I am learning so much about these wonderful men and women of faith. The modern saints have been named because we can follow their example, like St. Therese of the Child Jesus, and others. Romero it is. Perhaps Elizabeth Ann Seton could have returned to New York, remarried and raised her family in more comfortable circumstances. Instead, she supported her children by opening boarding schools and orphanages and establishing the Sisters of Charity.
Her work continues nearly years after her death, as noted above by other LM comments. I cast my vote for San Oscar Romero de las Americas. I was formed in the El Salvador solidarity movement. El Salvador and the Salvadoran community here in the U. Padre Rutilio served the parish of Aguilares, a sugar cane cultivation area north of the capital city, where most of the resident farmworkers campesinos were desperately poor.
On March 12, , Padre Rutilio was murdered by machine gun fire, along with campesinos Manuel Solorzano, 72, and Nelson Rutilio Lemus, 16, who happened to be riding in the truck with him. On the radio, he spoke out against inequality, corruption, and above all, violence. People lined up outside the archdiocesan offices to bring their stories to him. Everyone listened to those broadcasts; they reached into the most remote villages.
He expected to be martyred. Hopefully, they will realize they are wasting their time. A bishop will die, but the church of God, which is the people, will never perish. If they kill me I will rise again in the people of El Salvador. On the day before they murdered him, March 23, , Oscar Romero preached a sermon in the cathedral that concluded with a direct appeal to the soldiers:. In the name of God, in the name of this suffering people whose cries rise to heaven more loudly each day, I implore you, I beg you, I order you, in the name of God: Stop the repression.
The similarities between Oscar Romero and Thomas Becket at are striking: both were the leading archbishop of their countries; both ran up against the power of the rulers; both were assassinated by thugs working for the threatened political power. Romero, even more than Becket, was a witness to the message of Jesus.
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Why the Roman church has taken so long to declare him a saint is inexcusable. He should be added to the Litany of the Saints at once. Sancte Oscar Romeroensis, ora pro nobis! THis is one of the easiest choicest I have had to make so far. This place took care of homeless children. Some of these children went to school with me. I always thought it was such a wonderful place and have fond memories of my dear childhood friends from Seton Hall. Very tough choice, I agree. But I have to go with Mother Seton, who was brought to her knees as an impoverished widow and somehow still found the strength in the Spirit to minister not just to her own family but to dozens of poor widows and orphans, inspiring countless others to carry on the work of education and uplifting the poor and disadvantaged.
Here, in our own country. She gets my vote. This is a battle we are still fighting worldwide — educating girls and women to life them out of poverty and empower communities. Romero used his authority and power as Archbishop in meaningful and wonderful ways that continue to inspire, but Seton was a woman who had no power and created her own authority. Well said! This was a toss up for me. I am a product of the Roman Catholic School system.
My vote for Romero. No disrespect to Oscar Romero, who is indeed inspirational, I voted for Elizabeth because once her husband died, society deemed her unworthy. She is again the underdog. Really moved by the story of the returning destitute Episcopalian turned away by her socialite friends. She was just hoping that her adopted Italian family was Filcchi rich. I voted for Elizabeth Anne Seaton for sentimental reasons, since I was born in a Sisters of Charity hospital in New York and educated in a high school and a college run by the Sisters.
There were workhouses in America for those people. His witness and martyrdom is historic and I deeply admire him. However, I voted for the martyr and front runner yesterday. Sister Elizabeth, this gentle, faithful woman created something that has touched millions of people through the years, a small beginning that has had exponential impact through the Sisters of Charity. My vote goes to the underdog today! I was basically a speech writer and lobbyist for Napo up in DC while the turmoil was occurring in ES.
I vividly remember the death of Romero, and a year or so later the Nuns killed by death squads. I was one that believed both that Romero was a true martyr and that Duarte really was trying to get control of the death squads… particularly Arena backed back-channel funded ones. I asked Napo about Romero… who he knew pretty well.
His death was a singular motivating experience for Napo and he said as much in his biography. If they could now deal with the narco terrorist, they might have a chance! My vote today is a prayer. Abp Romero, intercede for us. I voted for Romero—something very stark and forbidding about this kind of sacrifice—sends chills up and down my spine.
I voted for Mother Seaton for sentimental reasons. A devout Catholic thought we named our daughter after her, and thus I became aware of her. Christian work is mostly done in everyday happenings without fanfare. Oscar Romero was brave and certainly worthy of sainthood, but sentiment won. Such a tough vote. True religion and undefiled. Greater love has no man than this that he lay down his life. O that my life would speak so clearly!
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