Random House Australia
Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s
In small country towns there is often a vigorous community spirit, especially for the ‘battlers’ and this story exemplifies that.
India Wimple lives with her family – Dad, Mum, little brother Boo and Nanna Flo – in Yungabilla. Nanna came to live with them after a broken bone and losing Grandpop, Mum left her teaching job to look after and homeschool Boo who has chronic and severe asthma and Dad lost his job writing for the local newspaper when the business closed down and now does odd jobs. All in all it’s been a tough few years for the family.
One highlight of their weekly routine is to gather to watch everyone’s favourite TV show ‘The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee’ when kids from all over Australia compete to be the next top speller. India who has always loved words is simply an ace and spells along with the show proving over and over again her extraordinary skill.
Naturally it doesn’t take much for her family to come up with the idea of India competing. There’s just one problem. India is so terribly nervous in front of people she knows she would never be able to manage such a competition.
However, she reckons without the support of her whole town and not just her family. India’s journey from her small town to the stage of the Sydney Opera House is full of humour and heart-warming moments.
Sending a really positive message about striving for dreams and having a support network this is a great read for children from around 9 years upwards.
It would also make a terrific ‘read aloud’.