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How Do You Spell G E E K? Book Review

How Do You Spell G E E K? Book Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on May 03, 2009
( Rating: 5 Star Rating)

A new book called “How Do You Spell G E E K?” by Julie Anne Peters has been published, and it makes a great read for kids who are about eight to 14 years old (but anyone who reads it will love it, really). The book is about a girl who is forced to cho

A new book called “How Do You Spell G E E K?” by Julie Anne Peters has been published, and it makes a great read for kids who are about eight to 14 years old (but anyone who reads it will love it, really). The book is about a girl who is forced to choose between friendship and her dreams to win the National Spelling Bee.

The Story

Ann is the main character or heroine of this book. She and her BFF – a girl named Kimberly – are both in Grade 8 and both have the same dream: to make it to the National Spelling Bee that’s held each and every year in the country’s capitol – Washington, DC.

But the Spelling Bee only lets kids participate who are in Grade 8 or younger, so Ann and Kimberly practice their spelling day and night since it is the last year they can qualify for the competition.

Then, Ann is assigned to show a brand-new student around their school – the girl’s name is Lurlee.

Well, it turns out that the new girl, Lurlee, is an AMAZING speller. Like totally and completely awesome at it. Because of this, Ann is suddenly put in a really tough spot, and she finds that her close friendship with Kimberly and her chances of winning the National Spelling Bee are put to the ultimate test.

You see, if the three girls – Ann, Kimberly and Lurlee – end up competing in the National Spelling Bee against each other for the top prize of best speller in the country, it can spell only one thing: t-r-o-u-b-l-e.

Other T-R-O-U-B-L-E

How Do You Spell G E E K? mixes in a combination of problems lots of kids deal with in real life, along with the excitement and stress the three girls experience as they work their way to Washington, DC for the National Spelling Bee.

Kimberly, who is brilliant and has an amazing spelling ability, is also the daughter of two very pushy parents who put a ton of stress on her to be the best.

Ann, who so desperately wants to compete in the Bee, is dealing with another major event in her life: the sudden divorce of her parents.

And Lurleen, the new girl at school, is having a really tough time fitting in among her new classmates. She’s moved to town from South Dakota, where she was home-schooled by her parents and always wore braids and knee socks – so not the style of the kids in her new class.

The Author

Julie Anne Peters is actually the author of a few other books for kids and young adults (YA), including:
  • Keeping You A Secret
  • Between Mom And Jo
  • Far From Xanadu
  • Define “Normal”
  • Luna

  • Check them out!

    How Do You Spell G E E K? Rating: 5

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    Ok so some things about my depression are like i found out i had it when i was 10. I might of had it before then but Idk. But like is a good thing i joined kw cause that's how my friend on here like figured out that i have depression and basically made me tell my mom and dad. And like also i kinda wanted to die and stuff and then later i kinda wanted to kill my self. And hurt my self. I kinda did a little bit but like not that much. And so like i had to do this weird therapy that didn't work. And then it kept getting worse and stuff and then like i went to the doctor and got some medicine but like they didn't give me any for almost a year probably until i was closer to 12. But the first one they tried made me like wake up sometimes and basically be really anxious like freaking out so much that i thought i might hurt myself or kinda other people or do things like run away. But it kinda helped the depression during the day and helped me to sleep sometimes better but like also i stopped wanting to do anything. So then i got a different one but it made me dizzy as soon as i tried it basically and so like after 3 days maybe then I spotted. But then i had to wait for them to get out of my system. After that i starred like regular therapy where you talk to the therapist. Like people told me it was bad so i really didn't want to go for a long time, but i went and it was kind of fun i guess like i could say anything and he wouldn't like be mad about me saying it or anything like he didn't judge and stuff. So i did that for a while like 2 or 3 months and i was feeling a lot better from that and some off the things we did. But like since my dad got a new job it has different insurance so i have to switch but we're just waiting to see like if i need to right now Thank you so much for sharing? You're really brave to talk about that, and I know that sharing your story is going to help somebody else. Thank you. :)
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