By Kimberly Newton Fusco

“Fans of Kate DiCamillo, Jennifer Holm, and Polly Horvath will locate this an relaxing and engrossing read.” —School Library Journal
 
Bee is an orphan who lives with a carnival and sleeps at the back of a truck. on a daily basis she endures scoffs for the birthmark on her face, notwithstanding she prefers to consider it as a worthy diamond.
 
Then at some point a scruffy puppy indicates up, as undesirable as she, and Bee realizes she needs to discover a domestic for them either. She discovers a comfortable residence with gingerbread trim that reminds her of frosting, the place mysterious ladies, Mrs. fast and Mrs. Potter, take her in. Whoever those ladies are, they subject. They topic to Bee. and they're assisting Bee discover that she, too, issues to the world—if simply she's going to enable herself join it.

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I listen them while i'm cutting onions and Pauline is frying sizzling canines. “Now there’s a heavy load for a bit slip of something to hold. ” They make it sound like i'm lugging coal. I pay attention one girl inform her lady i have to have performed anything horrid to be stained all over the place my face like that. or even my mama is the one that did anything lousy, or perhaps my daddy, and i'm the single being punished. “Stay away, remain away,” the massive ladies say. yet they arrive as much as our scorching puppy cart for a more in-depth glance. and so they poke one another and whisper, as though it's not that i am status correct in entrance of them, “Careful or you’ll trap it,” like i've got the flu. And the men ask did i am getting burned everywhere my face, or am I marked via the Evil Eye, and so they holler at one another: “Run or you’ll get it on you. ” yet Pauline holds me and whispers they aren't correct. another way, why could i've got a stunning jewel on my cheek the colour of a rose at nightfall and so they don't? I achieve this like Pauline’s means of issues. 2 when you've got a diamond shining in your face, you might have ideas approximately issues. First, I retain it hidden. there's a hose open air each position the place we hook up, simply because we'd like water to run our touring convey. Pauline and that i continue a bucket and a sponge at the back of our hauling truck. Water from a hose is chilly as cherry Popsicles but when you enable the bucket take a seat within the solar all day it heats up and at evening Pauline pours out her apple shampoo and we take turns washing our hair. Pauline has a massive towel and he or she wraps my hair after which combs it out and that i don’t yell out a lot simply because she is generally light. Then she braids my hair and whilst it dries she shall we it unfastened and it falls all tender in twists and curls and hides the diamond on my cheek. simply because when you've got a jewel in your face, a few days chances are you'll no longer are looking to express each person who seems like taking a look. moment, I ascertain i'm consistently just about Pauline so while anyone comes up inquiring for sizzling canines, i will be able to flip my cheek towards her, the place it truly is secure. i'm consistently out of harm’s approach whilst i'm close to Pauline. I spoon onions and sauerkraut on sizzling canine and wrap every little thing in squares of wax paper, for all time preserving my cheek became to her. 3rd, I make Pauline purchase lemons so i will squeeze the juice on my cheek earlier than i'm going to mattress. The lemon juice stings because it slides over my diamond, and occasionally I scrub a bit. i have never spotted it operating but, yet Pauline says retain making an attempt since you by no means understand how issues will prove. existence is simply choked with surprises. three scorching canines are Pauline’s activity. We park our cart correct among the merry-go-round making its dee-dee-da-dee racket and the Ferris wheel taking part in “The Farmer within the Dell” such a lot of occasions you begin thinking about if perhaps the rat should still consume the cat, only once. you actually do. Ellis runs our touring express and says scorching canine make handsome profit while fogeys understand they're there. So he wishes us correct the place fogeys can see us and he makes Pauline and me paint the cart with crimson and white stripes each spring and dangle balloons all over the place it till it really is as vibrant because the sunlight in your face.

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