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by Barrie Trinkle, Carolyn Andrews, Paige Kimble
From the authorities behind the Scripps National Spelling Bee comes a comprehensive illustrated book on the endangered art of spelling. Written for ages 9 and up, How to Spell Like a Champ is a spelling bee primer for the ten million kids who participate in Scripps spelling bees on the local level. It tells what to study, how to study, how much to study. Readers learn what to expect in a bee -- whether a classroom contest or the Scripps National Final -- and how they can make it through each round by asking the right questions and using their well-honed instincts. Included is an audio CD featuring Dr. Jacques Bailly himself, the official voice of the National Spelling Bee as heard on ABC, ESPN, and in the movies.

by Richard Wilbur
A pig in a spigot? An ax in a taxi? Richard Wilbur has been playing with his words again! Aided and abetted by illustrator J.Otto Seibold, he reveals that you must choose your words carefully -- because you never know what you'll find in them. Smaller words hide out in bigger words. It's a fact you may not have considered, or at least would never have fully explored without the kind help of Wilbur, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former Poet Laureate of the United States. Once you've found the gnat in indignation, however, there's no turning back. You will simply have to dissect word after word to see how the sum is affected by its parts. Is it an accident that the modest, nonflying emu fits inside the word demure? Or that mustn't contains the letters TNT? Wilbur thinks not. A great starting point for turning students into word detectives and creating their own books of words within words.

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by Brent Davis
Ruth Stetter, an unmarried, 64-year-old proofreader for a small printing company, is replaced by a computerized spell-checking program called "RiteWord." Driven mad by the proliferation of "cute" spellings and refusing to accept that she and her craft are obsolete, Ruth sets out to teach her small town of Stillwell a lesson about the value of doing things the old-fashioned way. Enlisting the help of 12-year-old Duncan Worthy, a kid left to watch TV and read comics while his mother works, spunky Ruth repaints the sign at the "E-Z 'n Quik Mart" to read "Easy and Quick Mart." The town doesn't get the message until Ruth and Duncan break into a grocery and change the names on the boxes of "Tastee Bitz" to "Tasty Bites." Declaring it product tampering, the police and local news media get on the case. Duncan makes Ruth a disguise -- a black-and-yellow striped raincoat that transforms her into the Spelling Bee. Ruth buzzes about, plotting further capers that lure the local media, especially an ambitious TV reporter who hopes to catch the bee on tape. (Publisher's Weekly)

by Mike Berenstain
Sister Bear has made it to the school spelling bee! Papa Bear is very proud and excited to help her practice... and practice... and practice. ...But will all of this p-r-a-c-t-i-c-e take all of the f-u-n out of spelling for Sister? Stan and Jan Berenstain have published more than 250 Berenstain Bears books and sold more than 260 million copies.

by Marvin Terban
With a brand new design, 1,000 additional words, and new fun sections like "The Four Longest Words in the English Language" and "The Spelling Words That Made Kids Champions," this is the perfect spelling resource for students. The introduction gives instructions for looking up a word the reader does not necessarily know how to spell, offers more than 150 memory tricks to correct commonly misspelled words, and clearly explains general spelling rules (and their exceptions).

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