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Spellbound (Paperback)

Author:  Janet McDonald
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312603886
ISBN-13: 9780312603885
Sku: 220725056
Publish Date: 8/2/2011
Pages:  138
Age Range:  16 to 21
 
Raven flipped the baby onto his stomach for powdering and back over again for diapering before the white dust had even settled on his brown, bowed legs. (from the first line)
Raven watched her mother's eyelids twitch and listened to her snore. The sound startled the baby, then his body relaxed again, limp and heavy. Maybe I'll get that job they had in the paper today. Then I can help out more, Mommy won't have to work so much overtime. She considered the bundle on her lap, its warmth and weight, and listened to the hiss of air as the baby sucked from an empty bottle. He was growing real fast. Three months old and soon it would be April, then he'd be four months, May, five months, and on and on, for years and years. What did the future hold for them? She was scared. Please, God, please, God, please God, if you're up there, please give me that job.
For use in schools and libraries only. Raven, a teenage mother and high school dropout living in a housing project, decides, with the help and occasional interference of her best friend Aisha, to study for a spelling bee which could lead to a college preparatory program and 4-year scholarship.
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Raven Jefferson never expected she’d be a mother at sixteen like her best friend, Aisha. Now she’s stuck being just another high school dropout, a project girl with few prospects. Or maybe not; Raven does have ambition. Still, when is she going to find the time to finish school? All her time is spent looking for a job or taking care of her son, Smokey. Then her older sister, Dell, tells her about a spelling bee that promises the winner a full college scholarship. But spelling? There isn’t a subject she’s worse at! Yet Raven is fiercely determined to find a way to get her life back on track. So she starts memorizing words. There’s no reason not to try. . . .
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Raven, a 16-year-old single mother, enters a spelling bee in the hopes of winning its top prize--enrollment in a college prep program and a scholarship. Although spelling has never been her strongest subject, Raven studies hard, determined to win in order to achieve a better life for herself and her infant son.

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Kirkus Reviews
"The dialogue captures the pace and speech patterns of urban African-Americans, adding humor and descriptive power to the characterizations. Startlingly funny scenes add lightness to a work that, because of the subject matter, could have been very depressing. Although the ending is a little unbelievable and pat, on the whole it's satisfyingly hopeful." 10/15/2001

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"McDonald paints a vivid picture of a strong, hopeful girl in a strong, if sometimes prickly, family; the open discussion of intraracial issues and tensions is piquant and welcome...." - Deborah Stevenson October 2001

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   12
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0138
Product attributePublisher:   Square Fish
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