Akeelah and the Bee

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A novelization of the inspirational movie about an 11-year-old girl in South Los Angeles named Akeelah and her quest to make it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee-with help from some very unexpected places.
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A novelization of the inspirational movie about an 11-year-old girl in South Los Angeles named Akeelah and her quest to make it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee-with help from some very unexpected places.
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Publishers Weekly
Those who missed Akeelah and the Bee in movie theaters this past spring can read James W. Ellison's novelization of the screenplay by Doug Atchison, which will be released September 1. The DVD will also be available this week (on August 29) as the first film resulting from a partnership between Lionsgate Films and Starbucks Entertainment. Starbucks will participate in all aspects of the DVD's marketing and distribution. The inspiring story traces 11-year-old Akeelah Anderson's rise from a variety of spelling competitions in South Central Los Angeles to the pinnacle of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Kristy Lyn Sutorius
Ellison's adaptation of Doug Atchison's screenplay by the same title stars a bright, spunky African-American girl living in South Los Angeles. After her school principal blackmails her into competing in the school spelling contest, Akeelah quickly finds herself on the way to the top—the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The challenge is keeping her success a secret from her mom, who is too busy putting food on the table and ensuring Akeelah's older brother stays out of trouble to worry about spelling bees. With the help of her mentor, Dr. Larabee, and some unlikely supporters in the community, Akeelah is finally prepared for the showdown in Washington, where she'll go up against her archrival, Dylan. The ending, although improbable, satisfies with the two sharing the prize. There are only a few moments when the text feels as if the author were writing word for word from the big screen, particularly when Akeelah's mother "sigh[s] and knead[s] her forehead with her thumb and her first finger." Despite this occasional awkwardness, there is little indication that Ellison is telling a story not his own. A very uplifting and entertaining read, this book would work well in any tween or teen collection.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Akeelah Anderson, 11, is accustomed to hiding her intelligence from the other students at Crenshaw Middle School. All this changes when she is coerced into participating in the school's first spelling bee. Words have always fascinated the seventh grader, a passion she shared with her late father. When she wins and moves on to the district competition, her principal's old friend, university professor Dr. Larabee, begins to coach her. Both are stubborn, and they take some time warming up to one another, but their sessions begin in earnest once Akeelah qualifies for the next level. Beyond learning thousands of words, she has a major problem-her mother wants her to concentrate on summer school instead of entering the competition. Determined to go, the girl forges her father's signature on the application. Of course Mrs. Anderson discovers the truth, but is persuaded to let her daughter continue. Along the way the girl finds that she has become a symbol of pride to her South Central Los Angeles neighborhood. This novel, based on the screenplay of the same name, tends to tell rather than show much of the action, but this will probably not deter young readers.-Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Meet the Author

James W. Ellison is the author of seven novels, including the award-winning I'm Owen Harrison Harding and novelizations including Finding Forrester, Two Brothers, and Rudy. He lives in New York City.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    best

    best book i have ever read

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  • Posted November 19, 2008

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    Truely a great movie

    A very good movie to watch for with the whole family. My kids and I enjoyed watching the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    AMAZING MOVIE

    WOW! This movie is the best spelling movie you could possibly see, For example, the children in this movie can spell unbelievable words. The best part is that Akeelah has a lot people helping her like her friends, mom and her coach. Also she has some enemies that she tries being nice to like Dylan and his father. Its amazing how this movie teaches you about friendship and helping others when they are need, Akeelah and the Bee is a must see movie. When you start watching this movie you will keep wanting more and more until the end of the movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Akeelah and the Bee

    I think this movie is a pretty good film for all ages. The ending is quite shocking and a pretty good way to end the film. It¿s a spellbinding phenomenon, quite jaw dropping It will keep you on the edge of your seat, Ebert and Roeper give it two thumbs way up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Very nice job Akeelah

    Great job Akeelah This is a review about a movie called Akeelah and the Bee. This movie is about a young girl named Akeelah, who learned how to spell very frequently. She is an 11-year old girl who lives in the ghetto. The first part of the movie expresses how hard is for Akeelah to get respect in school. She was the only girl getting picked on from my perspective. She also is expressed by her family members. Her mom is always at work and Akeelah doesn¿t even get support from her mom. Her brother is a gang member and hangs out with neighborhood gangster. While the movie moves on, Akeelah becomes friends with another contestant named Xavier. She becomes very good friends with him and travels very far as friends with him. In the movie she also gets the whole neighborhood behind her as she moves on to other spelling bee¿s. I would recommend this book to all, because it would be a great movie for all of your family to watch together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Akeelah and the Bee

    AKEELAH AND THE BEE!!!!!!!! This movie is mostly about Akeelah and spelling but it also takes you through how she is trained and how she prepares for the spelling bee. Some of the people that help her and encourage her top do it is her mon her brothers and her sister and also her friends. Her coach Dr. Larabee also was in the spelling bee as a young kid but now he is Akeelahs coach. The reason that she likes to play scramble is because before her dad passed away she used to play with him. She is in middle school at Crenshaw. She doesn¿t know if she should join the spelling bee because she thinks they will make fun of her. She makes the right decision and joins it and meets new people. This is a must see movie in my opinion , Other kids might have gone through the same situation like this. I think that you should go watch this movie right now. ENJOY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Akeelah and the Bee

    I think ¿Akeelah and the Bee¿, is a great movie because is a warm heart movie, and makes people cry of happiness. ¿Akeelah and the Bee¿, is also a good movie, because is impressive how a young girl of only 11yrs old can spell hard words, something not all people can do. Akeelah is a story about a whole community because she was motivated to enter the spelling bee by friends, neighbors, the principal, the tutor. Akeelah¿s family didn¿t motivated her that much, because her mom didn¿t care, one of her brothers was on a gang, her other brother was on the air force, and her sister with her baby. ¿Akeelah and the bee¿, is just a good family movie. You should see it if you like happy and emotional endings!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Akeelah and the Bee

    ¿Akeelah and the bee¿ must be seen I believe that ¿Akeelah and the bee¿ was a wonderful film. It was heart warming to see an eleven year old girl, who is having trouble at home, progress in spelling. Akeelah¿s family was in a crisis, her father died and her brother is in a gang. I connected with Akeelah¿s because my father passed away and my mother gets too emotional when I talk about him. I would highly recommend this film to people who need a great story line to relate to. Especially I would recommend this to pre-teens who need a little boost of talk about him. I would highly recommend this film to people who need a great story line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Akeelah and the Bee

    I hope you love ¿spelling bees¿ because I have a movie just for you. The name of the movie is Akeelah and the bee. This story is so great, it is good for those who like ¿spelling bees¿ or just like to spell. It is about a girl named Akeelah who is going through a rough time. She also doesn¿t want to be in the ¿spelling bee¿ because she doesn¿t want the students making fun of her. But she does it and starts competing with others. She meets new people and actually starts enjoying it. This is why I think you should go buy or rent this movie today I give it 2 thumbs up!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Akeelah and the Bee

    The movie ¿akeelah and the bee¿ is a g-r-e-a-t movie to watch. The main character in the movie is akeelah. The setting of this movie is the school and the places she goes to train. This is a g-o-o-d movie. There is drama in it and fear. In the end it has a different ending than you may expect. This movie gets you into the story from the start to the end. The ending is really nice. Watch this movie you won¿t regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Akeelah and the Bee

    This movie review is about akeelah and the bee. Akeelah starts to introduce her self. She comes from a ghetto school. She doesn¿t have that much many friends. They call her branica, now she doesn¿t want to show that she¿s smart. Later on they tell her to join the spelling bee and she refuses to join the spelling bee because she doesn¿t want the other girls that were making fun of her to know that she¿s smart. But later on she decides to join the spelling bee. I think this is a good movie because it is interesting and a good movie. My rating to this movie is a four star.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Akeelah and the Bee

    Eleven years old, from Los Angeles, California, Akeelah is a young girl who decided to stand up from the shadows and give the national spelling bee a try. Now coming out of the shadows with a big hit is Akeelah. Who with all her training and help from Dr. Larabee, is now left alone. Alone, but everything she needs to know to learn she knows. In other words, Akeelah, who accomplished a lot more than any average kid her age. I recommend this movie because it shows the hardship of real life, relatives, pressure, all the hardships of being young. Such as her mom not wanting her sneaking to spelling bee, relatives and people around saying opinions, pressure from community, hardships.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Akeelah and the Bee

    This is a story about a girl name akeelah. She used to go to Crenshaw middle school. Akeelah was and she entered a bee. It has a lot of intensity. While the she is doing the bee she makes a lot of friends, for example the kid that tells her ¿don¿t be afraid¿ do your best. She does well in the bee. At the same time there is a problem at home with her brother. Dr. Larabee stops helping her for a reason but she finds a million couches. Akeelah goes real far in the bee. I think this a good story. It taught me a lesson. I rate this movie 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    a super great movie

    A S-u-p-e-r-G-r-e-a-t- Movie Akeelah and the Bee is about 11 year old girl who lives in a bad city. She goes to Crenshaw middle school. She has been skipping classes. She barely hands in her work and she doesn¿t study an she gets A¿s on her test. Her teacher asks her to be in the school bee she tells her no. She gets into trouble .Her principle tells her that she has to be in the school bee. You should see this movie because it teaches kid no matter if you live in a bad place you need to just keep going .Don¿t let things stop you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Akeelah and the Bee

    AKEELAH AND THE BEE Well I thought that this movie was g-o-o-d. Good! I thought that all the characters were great! I especially liked Akeelah because she shows you that you can do anything you set your mind to!! I would definitely recommend this movie to people that like to see movies with a lot of spelling!! This is a good movie and I would like to see it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Akeelah and the Bee

    I think Akeelah and the Bee is an interesting movie because Akeelah is an eleven year old girl who is an amazing speller trying to win the national spelling bee. Its funny how one little girl can change how people think about spelling she encouraged other people to spell. Akeelah¿s community helped her study real hard with no doubt. I think she is an inspiration to people around the world. I recommend this movie to the spellers who think that they don¿t have what it takes to be a good speller and to those who have trouble with spelling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Akeelah and the Bee

    I think Akeelah and the Bee was a very inspiring story about a girl named Akeelah ho persuades herself with the help of all her family members and friends that she really can make it to becoming a spelling bee champion. I give this movie both thumbs up because once you see it you¿ll be motivated to do what you want and be who you want to be in life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Akeelah and the Bee

    Akeelah Akeelah and the bee is a very intresting movie because it always keeps you wanting to know whats going to happen next. (like when akeelah gets her spelling test back and the way the teacher gives it to her makes you think that she has an f on it but she doesn¿t she gets an A+), it is also in suspense when akeelah decides she will be in the spelling bee. This movie teaches you to follow your heart like when akeelah doesn¿t listen to her mom about not being in the spelling bee because her heart tells her that her dad would had loved that she was in a spelling bee.So akeelah enters the spelling bee and meets a new friend called Javier and they like each other so akeelah starts to hangout a lot with him but this movie is also sad like when akeelahs friend Jordan doesn¿t want to hang out with her because she is jealous that akeelah hangs out more with her new spelling bee friends

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Akeelah and the Bee

    I think ¿ Akeelah and the Bee¿¿ is a great movie. She¿s a really strong girl, because at the movie her dad died, she was really sad about it, she needed to go on to her life. She goes to a spelling a bee to challenge people, at first she was not going to join it, but the principal said if she doesn¿t join she will have detention, so she started to go to the events of the Bee. Her mom then didn¿t let her be in the spelling bee because she lie to her, she needs to go to summer school, and because of all the pressure she has of the death of her husband. Her mom then notices how important the bee is for Akeelah then she starts to support her and she told Akeelah that she has a lot of tutors. You should see this movie because is a really interesting movie to see how a 12yr. old girl knows these really hard words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Akeelah and the Bee

    I believe that this movie is an inspirational, heart-warming movie and tear-jerker as well. In the movie Akeelah Anderson had the potential of being a great speller in her school, but Akeelah would get teased at. Her schoolmates knew how well she was as a speller so they teased her. Once Akeelah¿s Nationals came around Akeelah¿s family and community had really began to support Akeelah. Even though a young girl like a Akeelah grew up in a bad environment she still managed to work hard and study for the big Nationals Bee. Mr. Larabi and Akeelah Anderson are a great example of a close relationship between a coach and a young girls. Mr. Larabi had tried all he could to make Akeelah a great speller. Akeelah had learned towards the end of the movie that her family and community were all of her coaches. I recommend this movie to anyone who would like to watch an inspiring movie of a young girl Named Akeelah Anderson who strived for the best it is a heart touching film.

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