I Put a Spell on You by Adam Selzer
From the Files of Chrissie Woodward, Spelling Bee Detective

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COME SPELLING BEE season, the tiny town of Preston erupts in excitement: the bee is televised, and the hottest ticket in town. This year, an assortment of sixth-grade miscreants is going for the top prize: Jennifer, an overscheduled free spirit whose parents are obsessed with her college applications; Mutual, a previously home-schooled outsider who's enrolled in public school for the first time in order to participate in the bee; Harlan, the class clown who has spectacular plans for making the most of his time in the spotlight; and Chrissie, the constant observer, who suspects something is off at the bee and will stop at nothing to get to the truth. Principal Floren is acting shady to everyone—but, as he insists, “I am not a crook.”

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About Adam Selzer

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Adam Selzer lives in downtown Chicago. Check him out on the Web at www.adamselzer.com.
Published September 9, 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 258 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The spelling bee is coming up at Gordon Liddy Community School, and everyone has lost perspective.

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Each chapter is told from a particular character’s point of view, but this is the only real problem with the book–the characters’ voices aren’t distinct, so readers must rely on context and chapter headings to know who is speaking.

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