If there’s one thing 10-year-old Texan Sophie Washington is good at, it’s spelling. She’s earned straight 100s on all her spelling tests to prove it. Her parents want her to compete in the Xavier Academy spelling bee, but Sophie wishes they would buzz off.
Her life in the Houston suburbs is full of adventures, and she doesn’t want to slow down the action. Where else can you chase wild hogs out of your yard, ride a bucking sheep, or spy an eight-foot-long alligator during a bike ride through the neighborhood? Studying spelling words seems as fun as getting stung by a hornet, in comparison. Read more
About Tonya Ellis
Tonya Ellis loves reading so much that as a child she took books with her in the bathtub rather than put them down. She knew she wanted to become a writer after an article she wrote was published in her hometown newspaper when she was fourteen years old. Since then, Tonya has worked as a journalist and written for newspapers and magazines. She is the mom of three spelling bee champions, and has judged several spelling bee events. Read more
Excerpt from the Book
In fairytales, everyone’s wish comes true. Jack gets
the goose that lays the golden egg.