A gay 12 year old boy begins his first year of junior high with the vow that this will be the year that he kisses a boy. Like The Tragedy of Miss Geneva Flowers —only lighter, brighter and more youthful— The Boys and the Bees is set in Minneapolis and involves a confused but sweet adolescent kid coming to grips with growing up gay and feeling completely lost about it.
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Joe Babcock is the author of the Lambda Award-winning The Tragedy of Miss geneva Flowers, which in its self-published edition also won Writers Digest's award for Best Self-Published Novel. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.