The Spelling Bee

The Spelling Bee

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A selection from Alex Kotlowitza€™s masterpiece of immersive reportage There Are No Children Here, the harrowing coming-of-age story of two children in Chicagoa€™s Henry Horner Public Housing Complex. In a€œThe Spelling Bee, a€ as Pharoah returns to school, his dreams come up against the realities of his neighborhood. Pharoah is small of stature, has a stutter, and frequently reads at night until his eyes hurt. He has his mothera€™s open and generous smile, and his fathera€™s charm and keen intellect. As he enters fourth grade, he sets a solemn goal for himself: to become a spelling bee champion. Award-winning journalist Alex Kotlowitz follows Pharoah for two years, as he tries desperately to succeed at school while navigating the perils of his devastated neighborhood, a place marked by deep need and neglect, along with unrelenting violence. For Pharoah, spelling is just the beginning. This is a dramatic and groundbreaking portrait of poverty, the story of growing up in the other America. An eBook short.... for the annual spring spelling bee, which pittedthe schoola#39;s top third-, fourth-, andfifth- graders against one another. ... inwhich hea#39;d first soundthe word out in his head, pause a moment to remind himself totake his time, and then spell it, anbsp;...

Title:The Spelling Bee
Author: Alex Kotlowitz
Publisher:Vintage - 2014-09-09

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