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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Review: The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee


Becoming a reigning champion is the stuff of dreams for many people but not for India Wimple. She's terrified of standing in front of a small group, let alone a crowd. Besides, there's a little voice inside her head telling her she will fail. It doesn't matter that she's an incredible speller or that her family believe in her. It's never going to happen: that's what India tells herself.

Be warned: this is not just a story about a spelling competition and a painfully shy girl overcoming her doubts and fears.

Along with a world of interesting words, ruthless competitors and an unexpected  friend, a serious medical emergency dots the path to the grand final.

I loved the endearing characters of India, Boo and Nana Flo and the dramas emerging at every turn but above all I loved the heart of this tale. India's greatest discovery has nothing at all to do with spelling.

Title: The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee
Author: Deborah Abela
Publisher: Random House, $14.99
Publication Date: 1 August 2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925324822
For ages: 7 years +
Type: Middle Fiction


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