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Matt is in serious danger on the streets of Chicago after he makes a bad decision. His mom sends him away to Aunt LeeNell, but South Texas is the last place Matt wants to be for the summer. He has to survive the local toughs while he somehow finds a way to get back home. Things begin to look up when he meets Maria. That only leads to more trouble, as her brothers do not trust Anglos. Matt does his best to dodge trouble and get to know Maria. He meets an eccentric beekeeper, who lives out in the mesquite brush, and gets his first job helping out the old man. Matt is about to learn far more about life than he imagines in a summer that changes him forever.

“Brilliant Storytelling” - Independent Publisher Book Awards 2012, which rated BUZZ in the top 20

“This story has all the elements of a great teen book – classic arc to the plot, characters with depth and important themes for teens.” – Midwest Independent Publishers Association Awards, 2012

Steve Chicoine is the author of numerous books for young readers and also scholarly
books on American history. His author website is


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BUZZ is realistic contemporary fiction that deals with the consequences of the choices one makes in life, the value of the nuclear family and the importance of a mentor in a young man's life.  

Matt endures bullying and gains insight into the issues of immigration and systemic racism.   He learns much from the old beekeeper about the rural way of life and personal responsibility for the environment.      

This novel is in the vein of Louis Sachar's Holes, Kate DiCamillo's Because of Winn Dixie, Carl Hiaasen's Hoot and Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Shiloh.

BUZZ unfolds in South Texas.  The unique region and its wildlife are as much an element of the story as the provocative characters whom Matt encounters in the course of the summer that forever changes him.  In this rugged land, he learns about love and faith.  

Additional Information

Pages 313
ISBN 9780983393504
Height 9.0 INCH
Width 6.0 INCH