New Zealand-born author Bren MacDibble's first novel for children to be released in the UK explores the all-too-likely near future scenario of a world without bees. Brave and fierce nine year-old Peony wants more than anything to become a 'bee' - scrambling around in the fruit trees, pollinating them by hand with delicate feathers. But her mother wants her to leave the shack in the orchard and go live with her in the big city, where the people live behind high walls. Already shortlisted for several awards in her Australian home, Bren's novel is receiving a great reception prior to its UK publication in May. The Bookseller said: 'Quirky, original and heartfelt, this is an all too plausible dystopian adventure, exploring themes of family loyalty and the environment.'