The Bumblebee Flies Anyway takes place in an experimental hospital for the dying, an unusual setting for a novel about teenagers. The...

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Literary Qualities

The Bumblebee Flies Anyway is a gripping story that holds the reader's interest from beginning to end. The novel contains a richness...

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Social Sensitivity

Some parents and teachers may object to Cormier's presentation of death and dying in a novel written for and about teenagers. A fatalistic...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Campbell, Patricia J. Presenting Robert Cormier. Boston: Twayne, 1985.

Coats, Karen. “Abjection and Adolescent Fiction.” JPCS: Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society 5 (Fall, 2000): 290-300.

Gallo, Donald R. “Reality and Responsibility: The Continuing Controversy over Robert Cormier’s Books for Young Adults.” In The VOYA Reader. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1990.

Hyde, Margaret O. Robert Cormier. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2005.

Ishandert, Sylvia Patterson. “Readers, Realism, and Robert Cormier.” Children’s...

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Topics for Discussion

1. Using the text, describe the supporting cast of characters living in the Complex, including Ronson, Billy the Kidney, Mazzo, and Allie...

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Ideas for Reports and Papers

1. Discuss the use of "doublespeak" in the novel. Is it effective? What is its overall significance and role in the novel?


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Related Titles / Adaptations

The Bumblebee Flies Anyway is the fourth of six novels for young adults written by Robert Cormier. The latest novel, entitled...

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For Further Reference

Bagnall, Norma. "Realism: How Realistic Is It? A Look at The Chocolate War." Top of the News 36 (Winter 1980): 283-285. In this...

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