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Mills, Claudia

Simon Ellis, Spelling Bee Champ

(3) 1-3 Franklin School Friends series. Illustrated by Rob Shepperson. Third grader Simon's tendency to win everything is getting on his best friend Jackson's nerves. And the tension increases when they wind up on the same team for the spelling bee. In this fourth installment, Mills once again deftly promotes teamwork and the celebration of everyone's unique skills in a story that feels genuine rather than didactic. Shepperson's halftone illustrations capture key moments.


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