Fame and Glory In Freedom, GeorgiaSpring 2003 Fiction
However, Harlem, who lives over the tattoo parlor with old Mr. Moody, is not easily befriended. When a state spelling bee with significant prizes is announced for student with partners, Bird, who cannot spell, views this as a golden opportunity for her and for Harlem, who can. What she ultimately wins is not fame and glory, but something much more valuable.
This author has perfect pitch when it comes to the language and mores of eccentric southerners. She likes them. Her excellent, funny story displays this kindly understanding.