> Skip to content
  • 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!

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

About the author

Deborah Abela

After training as a teacher, Deb travelled to Africa where she was harassed by monkeys, caught in a desert sandstorm and thrown in jail . . . twice! She’s worked as a child wrangler and a rides operator at Luna Park, but her first real job was as writer/producer of a national children’s TV show at Network TEN. She has since become an internationally published and awarded author of 28 books including her cranky climate change trilogy, Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm. Her family’s survival in WW2 and migration to Australia inspired Teresa A New Australian. TheStupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery were inspired by her fantabulous Grade 4 teacher, Ms Gray. She’s also written picture books: Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero and the 2021 CBCA Notable, Bear in Space. The Book of Wondrous Possibilities is her love letter to books, booksellers, librarians and readers. Deb’s won awards for her work but mostly hopes to be as brave as her characters. She’s a proud ambassador for the charities, Room to Read and Books in Homes. www.deborahabela.com

Also by Deborah Abela

See all

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.

thebookchook.com

Discover more

Related titles