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Spellbound (2001)

Author: McDonald, Janet [link to author's website]
Publisher: Macmillan
Number of pages: 144 pages

Raven Jefferson never expected shed be a mother at sixteen like her best friend, Aisha. Now shes 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 isnt a subject shes worse at! Yet Raven is fiercely determined to find a way to get her life back on track. So she starts memorizing words. Theres no reason not to try. . . .

ISBN 13: 978-0-312-60388-5
Reading Level (grade): 4.4