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Welcome to the Bee’s Bookshelf! The official book club of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is a place to explore the connection between stories and spelling and to celebrate your favorite books with friends. Each month we’ll read and talk about a new book together, so make sure you sign up to receive our monthly emails so you’ll always know which book we’ll be diving into next.

Keep scrolling for more information about our official Pinterest page and our Goodreads group where you can access themed book club party ideas and join in our discussions about the book we’re currently reading. We can’t wait to talk about our favorite stories with you!

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Great readers make great spellers.

We truly believe in the power of words and reading and wanted to create a space where some of the best spellers (and their friends and family members) could get together to talk about their favorite stories. Thus, the Bee’s Bookshelf was born.

To start off the new year, we're challenging you to read all 12 of our Bee's Bookshelf selections for 2018. Download the 2018 Reading Challenge checklist to keep track of each month's book club pick!

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Get ready for a southwestern adventure! Our book club selection for October is Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus.

Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing that she’ll have to answer the question over and over again.

Her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined.


About the Author


DUSTI BOWLING is the author of Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus and 24 Hours in Nowhere. Dusti grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, where, as her family will tell you, she always had her nose in a book. But it wasn’t until after starting down a couple of different career paths that Dusti realized her true passion was writing. She currently lives in New River, Arizona with her husband, three daughters, a pack of coyotes, a couple of chuckwallas, a dozen tarantulas, lots of Colorado River toads, a bunch of bats, several rattlesnakes, too many scorpions, and a few herds of javelina. Her next novel, the sequel to Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, will be released in 2019.

Author Spotlight: Dusti Bowling

October's selection for the Bee's official book club is Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling. The author shared with us what motivated her for characters in her story. She also shared her favorite word from the book which might give some people the heebie-jeebies!

Watch the video on YouTube