A Bee in Your Ear

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Katie is determined to win the spelling bee, but the competition is fierce. She can almost put up with Violet's mean teasing, but when Kate and Jake begin to fight with each other, Kate is miserable. She wants to win the contest, but she doesn't want to lose her best friend.

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Overview

Katie is determined to win the spelling bee, but the competition is fierce. She can almost put up with Violet's mean teasing, but when Kate and Jake begin to fight with each other, Kate is miserable. She wants to win the contest, but she doesn't want to lose her best friend.

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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Book Review Annual
"This work of fiction is an ideal tool for primary students learning to spell."
CITY Parent
"This story adds a humorous side to the hard work of studying spelling."
CM Magazine
"Louise-Andrée Laliberté's pencil sketches add depth and realism to the characters' emotions and personalities and the setting."

"Highly Recommended."

"Wishinksy and Laliberté's work provides young children with the opportunity to experience their school and family lives from the distance of literature."

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"The dialogue flows easily. The conversations and thoughts ring true of any student, whether preparing for a contest or just a weekly spelling test. Fast paced, the suspense builds as the contest approaches."

"Illustrator Louise-Andrée Laliberté adds an extra dimension with her whimsical, black and white pencil drawings."

". . . this book will be a popular addition to the elementary school library or classroom collection."

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This new entry in the "Orca Echoes" early reader series from Orca Book Publishers weaves together two themes that young children will instantly recognize and relate to: friendship and competition. The story centers on Kate, who really, really wants to win the spelling bee at her elementary school. Of course, she has a few obstacles to conquer on the way—including the fact that she has never won a contest before and she has a lot of trouble figuring out to spell a few tricky homonyms. The two opponents that worry her most are her best friend, Jake, and her arch enemy, Violet. If Kate wins and Jake loses, it poses a sticky situation that may test their friendship. And if Violet, who may or may not be planning to use some extra "help" to assure a spelling bee victory, actually wins, Kate will never hear the end of it. There is a lot of humor and warm moments along with the suspense leading up to the day of the spelling bee in this short chapter book. Kids will zip through the 60 plus pages to find out what happens—and be rewarded with clever dialogue, familiar school situations, and lively action along the way. The many black-and-white spot illustrations sprinkled throughout the pages do a great job of bringing the author's words to life as well as amplifying all the gentle humor and sincere emotion found in the story. 2004, Orca Book Publishers, Ages 7 to 9.
—Dianne Ochiltree
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551433240
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Orca Echoes Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Frieda Wishinsky is the award-winning author of over forty books for young people. She was raised and educated in New York City, where she earned a BA in International Relations and a Master of Science in Special Education. Frieda's books have been nominated for international awards, earned critical praise, and have been featured in magazines and newspapers around the world, including The London Times, The Observer and The New York Times. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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