Q&A

 

In The Gravity of Daisy Gray, Daisy loves her honeybees. What do you say to people who don’t like bees?

bee-705412_1280Bee stings hurt, so I understand why someone might be nervous around them. But I’d ask them to please give honeybees a chance. Look for beekeeping classes in your area. When you put on a protective suit and view them up close, you see what amazing creatures they are. Plus, we need them—one third of our food comes from pollinated plants.

Check out these other cool honeybee facts:

  • Honeybees never sleep!
  • For every pound of honey, bees flew 55,000 miles and visited 2 million flowers.
  • Honeybees can recognize human faces.
  • Honeybees dance to tell each other where the best flowers are.
  • Honeybees have 2 stomachs, 5 eyes, and a brain the size of a sesame seed.
  • Honey is antibacterial, it never spoils, and it’s the only food that contains everything a person needs to survive.

 

How do you pronounce your last name?

My married name is pronounced Zel-OM-kee. In the 1870s, the Zlomke family left Prussia (now Germany and Poland) to settle on farms in Nebraska. Five generations later, some of their descendants still work the same land.

 

Who is the audience for The Gravity of Daisy Gray?

Children who enjoy this story the most are between ages 9 and 12. They are drawn to mysterious adventures that focus on friendship, fun, and science, with a touch of fantasy.

The Flesch Reading Ease score for this novel is 84.1. This high score means it is in conversational English, which is right on target for middle-grade readers. (As a comparison, the score for the first Harry Potter book is 81.3.)

The Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score for this novel is 4.1. This means children in the beginning of 4th grade and higher will find it easy to understand. (As a comparison, the score for the first Harry Potter book is 5.5.)

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