The Contest

The Contest


By Caroline Stellings


My name is Rosy, and I'm going to be the first half-Mohawk to win an Anne of Green Gables look-alike contest... 

When Helen, my favorite librarian, told me about the contest, I was thrilled. And determined to win. I know everything about Anne – I’d even say we’re kindred spirits. And do you know what the best part is? The prize! A brand new set of Anne books.

It may not seem like a big deal, but to me it would be amazing. Almost everything I own is a hand-me-down. I can only imagine what it would be like to have my own set of books, never before read by anyone else. Never sneezed on or smudged with dirty fingers. The first thing I would do is write my name on the inside cover of each one, with a green pen.

The problem? I’m half Mohawk. Actually I’m very proud of that, but in this case it doesn’t help me in the look-alike department. You know who does look like Anne, with her red hair and freckles? My new friend, Lydia Parker. This makes her my biggest competition, but she can’t help it. Plus she’s really nice, and even though she’s rich and lives in an almost-castle, sometimes I think I’m better off. 

So who will win the contest? You’ll have to read on to find out.

A Gutsy Girl Book

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About the Author

Caroline Stellings is an award-winning author and illustrator. Her book The Contest, part of the Gutsy Girl series, won the 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year Award and was a finalist for the 2010/11 Hackmatack prize. Besides her many books for children and young adults, she is also the writer of The Nancy Drew Crookbook, a long running series in The Sleuth magazine. She lives in Waterdown, Ontario.

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Product Information

  • Release: September 12, 2009

  • $8.95 Paperback

  • 124 Pages

  • 5.25 x 7.5

  • Children's Fiction

  • Ages 8-12 / Grades 3-6

  • Lexile: 830L Guided Reading: U

  • ISBN: 9781897187647


  • Character Education
    > Friendship & Family
    > Self-Esteem
    > Strong Female Characters

  • Language Arts
    > Novel Study

  • Reflecting Diversity
    > First Nations & Indigenous Peoples

Awards for The Contest

  • 2009 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award for Juvenile Fiction Winner

  • 2010/11 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award Finalist

  • A Club Amick program selection - a First Nations book club

Praise for The Contest

"Part Mohawk though she may be, Rosy’s spirit and spunk are assuredly akin to Anne’s own. She is a charming heroine with a quirky and delightful cast of characters surrounding her, and her determination to enter the contest and willingness to work hard to get there are inspiring… This is a lovely addition to Second Story Press’s Gutsy Girl series." - Canadian Children's Book News

"This delightful novel is full of adventures, upsets and fun." - Resource Links

"With her hyperactive imagination, Rosy is reminiscent of our beloved carrot top." - Quill & Quire

"The Contest is a fast-paced and provocative portrayal of a determined young girl who faces challenges every day. Young readers will cheer her resourcefulness, her willingness to go after what she wants and her compassionate spirit." - Atlantic Books Today