By James Maguire
What the bestselling Word Freak did for Scrabble, this riveting narrative now does for the nationwide Spelling Bee. here's a beautiful slice of Americana--part carrying occasion, half soaking up human drama, and half social gathering of the magic of words.
Every spring within the nation's capital, after a beginning pool of 10 million teenagers narrows to 250 finalists, America's most sensible younger spellers face off in a nail-biting contest. So electrical is the drama that hundreds of thousands of audience music in to observe ESPN's dwell telecast
But this nationwide obsession is far greater than a carrying story--and this first-ever narrative nonfiction booklet concerning the nationwide Spelling Bee immerses the reader in targeted tradition, portraying the endearing fraternity of superb, eccentric younger notice nerds who vie for a gold trophy, a hefty fee, and a wonderful second of nationwide fame.
Author James Maguire, who just like the contestants is an inveterate notice nut, captures the soreness and glory of this singularly American occasion. He profiles the pinnacle 5 spellers around the state, exploring their hopes and dreams--and suggestions for winning--as they arrange for his or her second within the highlight. American Bee takes readers backstage on the nationwide Bee, offering a story thrill trip because the pressure mounts around by means of round.
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