The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee by Deborah Abela
Published by Random House
You see, India Wimple can spell, and she can do it brilliantly. Every Friday night, she and her family lounge in front of the TV and watch the Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee.
But the problem is, she's horrifically and terribly shy in front of an audience. If she were to describe it, she'd say she felt like she was nugatory. But words aside for now, when her family suggest that she enters The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee, can India overcome her nerves and show the world how clever she really is?
Her loving family, her little brother Boo, her Mum and Dad and her sometimes-rude Nanna Flo, all know that India's a smart little genius, but she is definitely not the stage kind of person.
Having managed to jump through two rounds now, India's confidence is still not that strong. At the slightest touch, her mind breaks into tiny pieces. Are the finals of the Spelling Bee the stick that will break India's back? I am most certainly not telling you the result, so you'll have to read it yourself.
And finally, on top of everything else, is Summer Millicent Ernestine Beauregard-Champion, a pushy and seemingly confident girl who believes that this Spelling Bee is for her to win, but nobody else. Why did I say seemingly? Well, as you'll realise, if you read the book, ( which you should definitely do ) that there is an inner side to Summer, mainly having to do with her rich parents who are always off on business trips. Can India solve Summer's bossy problems as well? Or is this too much for a country girl from Yungabilla to deal with?
There isn’t anything I think should be improved about this book; it is already the best it can be. However, just before it was published, I believe some illustrations or simple sketches of the scenes happening in the book would have definitely helped to paint an image in the reader's mind. This is only an addition and the book is already 'stupendously spectacular', shall we say, without this addition.
I rate The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee 5 out of 5 and I recommend it for age 7+, but children as old as 14 years old may enjoy the splendidly complicated words used in the spelling bee competition. The story itself can be enjoyed by all ages. Enjoy your 'spelling bee' fun! *wink, wink.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Deborah Abela
Title: The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee
Publisher: Random House
Published: August 2016