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Peters, Julie Anne.
Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 1996.
IL 3-6, RL 4.8
ISBN 0316702668
Ann Marie Keller is a great speller.  She’s not the best in the world—her friend Kimberly is the best—but she gets by.  All she wants to do is make it to the state spelling bee.  Her life is going well until the school principal asks her to sponsor a new student.  But this isn’t just any new student.  It’s Lurlene Brueggemeyer, a total geek.  Her hair is in awful pigtails, her clothes are old-fashioned, she has a mouth full of metal, and she always wears cowboy boots.  Ann does her best to give Lurlene the cold shoulder, but it doesn’t seem to work.  Lurlene grows on Ann, and the two become friends.  It’s not an easy friendship though.  The school snobs drop food on Lurlene, so Ann throws food at them.  A boy Ann likes plays tricks on Lurlene, so Ann tells him off.  On top of that, Kimberly, Ann’s best friend, hates Lurlene.  The situation gets even worse when Kimberly learns that Lurlene is a great speller and will be in the upcoming spelling bee.  Will Ann and Kimberly remain friends?  Will Lurlene always be a geek?  Who will make it to the state spelling bee?  Who will win?  For the answers to these questions and more, read How Do You Spell Geek? by Julie Anne Peters.  Happy spelling!  (Kelly Knight,, USC School of Library and Information Science, Columbia, SC)
SUBJECTS:     Schools -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.


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