How to Spell Like a Champ

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Workman Publishing, Jan 1, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 221 pages
How to spell, from “A-D-A-G-I-O” to “Z-U-C-C-H-I-N-I”

At last, everything you need to master the art of spelling. Learn the basic rules and all their annoying exceptions, plus 26 words of unknown origin, like curmudgeon. • Discover the four most commonly misspelled word types (#3: words with a schwa). • Don’t know what a schwa is? Aren’t sure about the difference between antonyms and eponyms? Discreet and discrete? Here’s your chance to learn all the tricks and tips that’ll make you a bee winner! • Oh, and did we mention the pages and pages of skill-building puzzles and games?

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This book has helped me tremendously through my metier as a speller. It is also very entertaining to read also. The root and patterns can help a lot. The puzzles at the end are also very fun and helpful for learning.

Selected pages


A Great American Tradition
Becoming a Champion
Becoming More Serious
Boots Branches Trees and Forest
A Few Good Rules and Many Annoying Expectations
The Thrill of a Bee
Fun with Words

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About the author (2006)

Barrie Trinkle, a graduate of MIT, has served on the Bee's Word Panel since 1996. She was the 1973 National Spelling Champion (her word was "vouchsafe").

Paige Kimble is the director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. She was also the 1981 National Spelling Champion (her word was "sarcophagus").

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