There is more than one way to spell success . . .
A teenage mother from the New York Projects wants to get to college - but she's got to learn to spell first.
Raven's life has been derailed. She never expected she'd be a mother at 16 like her best friend, Aisha. Is she going to be just another high school dropout, a project girl with few prospects? She could be that except Raven has ambition. Still, when is she going to find the time to finish school in the few minutes she's not looking for a job or caring for her son?
Then her older sister Dell tells her about a spelling competition that promises the winner enrolment in a college preparatory program and a scholarship for college itself. Spelling? It's Raven's worst subject. But Raven is determined to win, and so she starts memorising words.
In Janet McDonald's powerful and funny novel, a smart and resilient young woman whose life isn't what she dreamed it would be learns that there are many ways to spell "success".