The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee by Deborah Abela
(Publication date: April 2018)
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
From beginning to end this contemporary middle-grade title is filled with heart (and intriguing words, complete with definitions).
It follows the story of India Wimple, a shy, kind spelling lover from a small town in rural Australia. India dreams of participating in a spelling bee on TV and her eccentric, supportive family do everything they can to make this happen despite financial hardships. Like India, the secondary characters are equally memorable from Nanny Flo to her severely asthmatic brother, Boo.
Important themes abound from the importance of determination and overcoming self-doubt, family bonds, kindness and friendship, community spirit and, of course— S.P.E.L.L.I.N.G. This page-turning book will appeal to anyone who loves splendiferous stories and will likely be a classroom staple in no time.
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