Spellbound

Janet McDonald

Square Fish

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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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Praise for Spellbound

Spellbound is the rarest of books, funny and moving at the same time. . . . Thank you, Ms. McDonald, for writing this wonderful, fun, and touching book.”—Christopher Paul Curtis, winner of the Newbery Medal for Bud, Not Buddy
 
“This first novel is read-aloud funny, even as it tells the harsh truth about how hard it is to break free. . . . What’s great in this novel is the depiction of the grim reality of the neighborhood and the slick clichés of success. Best of all, [McDonald] humanizes the individual people behind the stereotype.”—Booklist, Starred Review

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Janet McDonald

Janet McDonald (1953-2007) is the author of the adult memoir Project Girl. She is the author of three books set in the Brooklyn projects: Chill Wind, for which she received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; Spellbound, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Twists and Turns, an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and lived in Paris, France.

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American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, IRA Young Adult Choices, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, Georgia Peach Book Award Master List

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Trade Paperback
Square Fish
August 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312603885
ISBN10: 0312603886
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 144 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
$7.99

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Frances Foster Books
August 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466800564
ISBN10: 1466800569
Young Adult Fiction144 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
$5.70
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