Akeelah Anderson
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Akeelah Anderson

Akeelah and the Bee

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Overview… a spelling genius with a truancy problem. Despite her poor class attendance record, 11-year-old Akeelah Anderson never makes mistakes on her spelling tests. With the encouragement of her school principal, Mr. Welch, and Dr. Joshua Larabee, a visiting English professor, she is thrust into the cutthroat world of spelling bees. Now Akeelah must face the ridicule of her peers, some tough competition, and worst of all, the word xanthosis.

Personality... clever and willful, but a little self-conscious. Akeelah’s aptitude for words makes her the school nerd and, unfortunately, a target for bullies. As result, she is reluctant to embrace her status as Crenshaw Middle School’s spelling champion. Mr. Welch thinks she has what it takes to make it all the way to nationals, but Akeelah isn’t sure she even wants to try.

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