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James Maguire has a writing style that keeps me reading! He presents background and lighthearted details of families who wind their way through school, local, regional, and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jeweler Speller
As a child, I never participated in a spelling bee - even though I was one of those kids who loved words (guess that makes me a word nerd, then and now) and I read the dictionary... Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Melissa F.
Spellers of Indian-American descent have won the Scripps Spelling Bee in seven out of the last eleven years, even though they represent less than 1% of the American population. Read morePublished on June 3, 2009 by Loyd Eskildson
I went into this book with some high hopes. Kids! Spelling! How could you beat that? And, a quick flip through the pages said the same. Read morePublished on August 29, 2008 by Shimon Hova
I found Maguire's book a suspenseful read about the people involved in the National Spelling Bee. It's one of those non-fiction books that tie you to your childhood interests and... Read morePublished on December 14, 2007 by R. D. Kirby
On the whole, this is a very good book, and you should definitely buy it. The author uses words very well and his in-depth reports on real spellers were engaging. However, Mr. Read morePublished on December 11, 2007 by A satisfied but slightly disgruntled reader
Seems like too often we read news stories describing how our country is going downhill. Reading this book has been a wonderful antidote. Mr. Maguire says: "... the Bee is ... Read morePublished on July 14, 2007 by Miguel
My 11-year-old daughter steered me to this book because of her interest in entering the spelling competition. Read morePublished on January 5, 2007 by Edward M. Sills