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Simon Ellis, Spelling Bee Champ: Franklin School Friends


Series
Franklin School Friends

by
Claudia Mills
illustrated by
Rob Shepperson

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN
9780374302214
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Simon excels at most things, which makes his friend Jackson feel inferior. When the two end up on the same spelling-bee team, Simon strives to do his best—without overshadowing Jackson. Black-and-white illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

144

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

AR

4.9: points 2

Lexile

790L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

6

JLG Release

Feb 2016

Book Genres


Topics

Spelling bees. Competition (psychology). Winning and losing. School and education. Social issues. Friendship.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Guide

Junior Library Guild

  • Readers will relate to the distinctive characters and their dilemmas, whether they identify with Simon, an expert on many topics who must learn to let other kids shine, or Jackson, who is jealous of his friend Simon’s aptitude.
  • Claudia Mills’s straightforward writing makes Simon’s mindset clear: “If the teachers hadn’t figured out how to set up the teams, maybe there was still time to change their minds so that kids could compete as individuals. . . . The best speller would win. . . . Simon’s success or failure wouldn’t have to depend on anyone else.”
  • By the end of the book, Simon has learned to listen to others’ ideas. He also realizes that everyone—even he—has strengths and weaknesses, and recognizes the pitfalls of assuming that he always knows best. These values are seamlessly incorporated into the narrative, which is never preachy.
  • Occasional illustrations add to the story by showing characters’ emotions and giving a glimpse into their home lives. Jackson is shown in his messy bedroom full of soccer paraphernalia, for example, and Simon’s parents are depicted in their cozy living room, surrounded by reading material and music equipment.

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild

  • Readers will relate to the distinctive characters and their dilemmas, whether they identify with Simon, an expert on many topics who must learn to let other kids shine, or Jackson, who is jealous of his friend Simon’s aptitude.
  • Claudia Mills’s straightforward writing makes Simon’s mindset clear: “If the teachers hadn’t figured out how to set up the teams, maybe there was still time to change their minds so that kids could compete as individuals. . . . The best speller would win. . . . Simon’s success or failure wouldn’t have to depend on anyone else.”
  • By the end of the book, Simon has learned to listen to others’ ideas. He also realizes that everyone—even he—has strengths and weaknesses, and recognizes the pitfalls of assuming that he always knows best. These values are seamlessly incorporated into the narrative, which is never preachy.
  • Occasional illustrations add to the story by showing characters’ emotions and giving a glimpse into their home lives. Jackson is shown in his messy bedroom full of soccer paraphernalia, for example, and Simon’s parents are depicted in their cozy living room, surrounded by reading material and music equipment.

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