A heart-warming story about a girl who's too
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. When the Wimples suggest she enter the
next Bee, India says she's not good enough – but her family won't hear it and
encourage her to sign up.
There are plenty of obstacles to reaching the finals: something in India's past
has made her terribly shy, and moving on to each round involves finding the
money to make it happen.
And finally, there's Summer Millicent Ernestine Beauregard-Champion, a spoilt
rich girl who is determined to win – and isn't afraid to step on anyone who
gets in her way.
Both droll and heartwarming, the tale is rather more
reminiscent of Little Miss Sunshine than Spellbound in its evocation of the
quirky, lovingly supportive Wimples. This story about facing and overcoming
one's fears is a winner.
SCHOOL LIBRARY CONNECTION
This is a feel-good story that would make an excellent read
aloud. Holly Weimar, Associate Professor, Department of Library Science, Sam
Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. School Library Connection.
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Humorous and poignant, this title will inspire readers with
its kind, courageous heroine and may teach some new words along the way.–Kate
Nafz, Fair Lawn Public Library, NJ
India is a darling of a character that many readers will
relate to and cheer for in this breezy read. Lindsey Toms.
In this charming Australian import, a shy young girl overcomes nerves, mean-spirited co-contestants and tricky vocabulary words in her aspiration to win a major spelling bee.
AUSTRALIAN STANDING ORDERS
absolutely adored The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee. The Book is sweet, funny, moving and all
about the triumph of the human spirit against the odds. A lovely, lovely
‘Deb Abela has written quite
a backlist of books for children but I think The Stupendously Spectacular
Spelling Bee is her best yet.’Joy Lawn,
is impossible not to love all of Abela’s characters in this tale even the
snarky ones. And while young readers are hanging on every syllable uttered,
they are unwittingly enhancing their vocabulary thanks to each chapter heading:
a new word and definition relating to that chapter. Ingenious! Dimity Powell
wonderfully charming story. This is a sympathetic and
likable tale of a young girl overcoming her fears to achieving her goal. Highly
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.
journey from her small town to the stage of the Sydney Opera House is full of
humour and heart-warming moments. Sending a really positive message about
striving for dreams and having a support network this is a great read for
children from around 9 years upwards.’Sue Warren
is a heart-warming story that would suit kids 7+ who enjoy chapter books.
Believable dialogue and well-drawn characters make it a smooth easy read, and
while India’s shyness is something many kids will relate to, her gradual
burgeoning confidence will have all readers cheering her on.’