The Spelling Bee Scuffle (Sylvie Scruggs, Book 3)

Series: Sylvie Scruggs

by Lindsay Eyre

Arthur A. Levine Books
May 2016

Ages 8 – 9 . Grades 3 – 4

Library of Congress: 2015042705

Lexile measure: 630L

DRA: 40

Guided Reading: Q

Cherry Hill Elementary has always had two baseball fields, one for Sylvie Scruggs's fourth-grade-and-under friends, and one for Jamie Redmond's fifth-grade crew. When Jamie's field is demolished for a kindergarten playground, the fifth graders want to take over the fourth-grade space. Finally, Sylvie and Jamie make a bet: Whoever wins the school spelling bee wins the baseball diamond too. Sylvie knows her friend Miranda will be the champion, no question, and the field will be safe for her team.

But then Josh Stetson beats Miranda in the class bee, which means he'll compete against the fifth-graders for the school title. As Sylvie tries to help Josh prepare for the big event, friendships get strained, secret deals get made, and matters spin WAY out of control. How far will Sylvie go to win the field for her friends?
Lindsay Eyre

Lindsay Eyre received an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She now lives with her husband and their five children in the fine and sweaty city of Cary, North Carolina. Please visit her website at and follow her on twitter at @lindsayeyre.


  • Praise for The Best Friend Battle

    "Pair this with Barbara Park's Junie B. Jones series or Sara Pennypacker's Clementine series." -- Booklist

    "The characters are funny and endearing." -- Library Media Connection

    "Eyre's entertaining debut will have readers looking forward to Sylvie's next adventure." -- Publishers Weekly

    "Eyre's laugh-out-loud debut novel captures the discovery of the opposite sex in a fun and realistic way, while Santoso's black-and-white artwork brings the personalities of the characters to life. Fans of Junie B. Jones will love the adventures of this heroine as they become engaged in this early chapter book." -- School Library Journal

    Praise for The Mean Girl Meltdown

    "The action in this sports-themed chapter book moves quickly, and Sylvie shows admirable growth in her interactions with others. It's also refreshing to see a girl-centered story featuring a coed hockey team." -- Booklist

    "While Sylvie's attempts to impress her coach with her captainlike behavior result in some comical moments, Eyre reveals how Sylvie's bid for leadership is intertwined with her yearning to spend more time with her dad... Eyre also captures Sylvie's boisterous, confident personality as she resolutely refuses to be daunted by Jamie and her perseverance as she strives to improve her hockey skills." -- Kirkus Reviews


--- - ! '"Attention!" Ms. Bloomen said as soon as we were back in our seats after recess. "It''s time for our class spelling bee!"

Some of the class cheered, but many of us did not. This was not because we didn''t like spelling bees -- spelling bees are always great, because if they last long enough, we don''t have to do math. No, we didn''t cheer because of the bet. Whoever won the class bee would go to the school spelling bee, and the future of baseball rested upon their spelling shoulders. No one wanted to have those shoulders.

I was one of the cheerers, because I wasn''t worried. Miranda would win the spelling bee' - ! ' the fifth graders would have to play hopscotch at recess, which would be funny' - ! ' and everything would be just fine. Forever.

"Everyone line up!" Ms. Bloomen said. "That''s right, over there. Near the windows. No jostling. Everyone be respectful!"

Nobody was respectful and everyone jostled, because no one wanted to go first. Most of the time our class was not very unified, but in this, we were awesomely one.

Ms. Bloomen began anyway. She started with really easy words like "across," "again," and "cellar."

"A - c - r - o - s," Lucy Smith said.

"A - g - a - e - n," Seamus Holland answered.

"C - e - l - l - a - r - r - r," Marcie Xu said, taking an extra long time on the last letter, like a pirate.

"Three r''s, Marcie?" Ms. Bloomen said.

"Aren''t there?" Marcie said, even though she is one of the smartest girls in the room.

The spelling bee went on. People were dropping like flies that didn''t know how to spell.

"E - m - m - b - b - a - r - r - a - s - s."

"L - e - e - g."

"A - r - c - h - e - r - i - e."

Within minutes, only four people were left: me, Miranda, Georgie, and Josh. Miranda and Josh both looked like they were going to throw up the alphabet. Come on, Miranda! I thought at her. You can do this! This is easy for you!'