Two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo returns to her roots with Raymie Nightingale, a masterful, moving novel about an unforgettable summer friendship. Drawing comparisons to classic summer tales like Stand By Me, DiCamillo’s first major fiction release after her second Newbery win will be published with a global English language release and international marketing blitz on April 12, 2016.
In the new book, ten-year-old Raymie Clarke grapples with the realisation that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If she can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie's picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, Raymie must force herself far outside of her comfort zone to do good deeds and exhibit a talent for baton twirling.
She also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show-business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who’s determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship — and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.
This is the story of Raymie, Louisiana and Beverly, three girls thrown together at a baton-twirling lesson. They all have their own problems at home and each has a different idea how to fix things.
A great story of growing up, friendship and loyalty, as the three girls struggle to understand the world around them, the very different people they meet and how each one teaches them something along the way.
A truly wonderful story from the always insightful Kate DiCamillo about how life is always changing but how friends and family will help you to grow and change with it.
Perfect for girls in upper primary.
Reviewed by Michelle