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  • Published: 30 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143786689
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $14.99

The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery

India Wimple is off on another splendid spelling adventure!

Just when India Wimple’s life is returning to normal after competing in the Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee, she’s invited to London for an international spelling showdown. But how can she go without her family? The Yungabilla community might have a solution!

In London, India is reunited with her friends Rajish and Summer. They meet new spellers, and are invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen.

But there is skulduggery afoot, with a series of mysterious mishaps. There is even talk of cancelling the competition altogether.

India and her friends are determined to find out who the culprit is and get the spelling bee back on track.

There are words to be spelled, nerves to be overcome, and a champion to be found!

  • Pub date: 30 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143786689
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Deborah Abela

After completing a teaching degree, Deb went to Africa where she was caught in a desert sandstorm, harassed by monkeys and thrown in jail … twice! She produced and wrote a national kids’ TV show before leaving to write twenty-six books including the Max Remy Superspy and Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) series and Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm, about kids living in a climate-changed world. Teresa A New Australian was inspired by her dad who was born in a cave during one of the heaviest bombing raids of World War II. The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and the sequel, The Most Marvelous International Bee, were inspired by her grade four teacher, Miss Gray. Her first picture book is Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero. She is a proud ambassador for the Premier’s Reading Challenge, Room to Read and Books in Homes. Deb’s won awards for her books but mostly hopes to be as brave as her characters. Find out more about her at deborahabela.com

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Praise for The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery

“A story filled with words to spell, great friendships and of course a mystery to solve. You will be turning the pages to find who wants the competition cancelled, and whether India and her friends can save the day.”

Vicki Thornton, Magpies

“With incredible insight into the lives of children, Deborah Abela has crafted an engaging, unputdownable story that weaves the lives of India, Holly and Peter together as well as the familiar faces of Rajish and Summer as they compete while trying to get to the bottom of some mysterious mishaps ... Being able to put yourself in the shoes of the characters is the most important way to ensure the page is turned to see what happens to them and Abela has the ability to do this in spades.”

Barbara Braxton, Teacher Librarian, thebottomshelf.edublogs.org

“Themes of friendship, confidence and self-belief, encouragement and overcoming insecurities, are the building blocks of this excellent, well-crafted middle grade novel. The fantastic characters sparkle with individual characteristics that endear them to the reader. Subtle emphasis is given to the importance of learning language and knowing how to use it well, which is what Deborah Abela has done with finesse.”

Anastasia Gonis, kids-bookreview.com

“This is a story that’s less about a spelling bee, and more about friendship, and standing up for one another, and most importantly standing up - and believing in - yourself.”

Verushka Byrow, Reading Time

“India is one of those great characters who wins your heart and stays with you . . . Kids who enjoy solving problems will relish this book. Kids who look for “something funny” will definitely find it here in Abela’s spot-on descriptions of life in our society, and adore the often slap-stick humour. Above all this is a feel-good story with a universal appeal, and I believe it will fly off library shelves.”


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