Title: The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee
Author: Deborah Abela
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Pages: Print 224
Release Date: April 3, 2018
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A heartwarming story about a girl who’s afraid to follow her dreams, and the family who help make them happen.
India Wimple can spell. Brilliantly. Every Friday night, she and her family watch the Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee on TV. When the Wimples suggest she enter the next Bee, India feels nothing but trepidation. She’s sure she’s not good enough – but with the support of her family, India finds the courage to sign up.
There are plenty of obstacles to reaching the finals, like Summer Millicent Ernestine Beauregard-Champion, a spoiled rich girl who isn’t afraid to step on anyone who gets in her way of winning.
The whole thing seems rather calamitous to India. But with hope, hard work, and a little bit of heart, something splendiferous might be on the horizon…
Overall I thought this was a well-written novel that focuses on the importance of family and friends. The book follows the journey of one girl by the name of India Wimple. India Wimple is a fantastic speller with stage fright. She can spell all the words from the competition but is too afraid actually to enter. With the help of her family, she gets up the courage to enter the contest for the next year. India Wimple is hugely protective of her younger brother and will do anything for him. She must learn to put herself first to win this competition and trust her parents to take care of her brother. The entire town rallies to support India as she travels the world to compete in the most significant spelling bee competition. We watch as she overcomes her fears, makes new friends, and surprises everyone including herself. Will she win the competition? What is the grand prize?
If you are looking for a fast read that showcases essential life lessons, then I recommend this novel. This book is intended for elementary and middle-grade readers. It showcases resilience, support, family, and the importance of not giving up. India is a model character and learns to trust her instincts.
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