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
For ages: 7 years +
Type: Middle Fiction