Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo


Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

Admittedly, I’m a huge fan of Kate DiCamillo’s books (The Tale of Despereaux, The Mysterious Journey of Edward Tulane, Flora & Ulysses to name but a few,) but her newest read, Raymie Nightingale has touched my heart and made it sing. We first meet Raymie as she describes why she absolutely has to win the title of Little Miss Central Florida Tire in order to encourage her father (who left town with a dental hygienist) to come home. And, in order to win the pageant, she has to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton. At her first baton twirling lesson she meets two girls, Louisiana Elphante and Beverly Tapinsky, two girls who could not be any more different from Raymie or each other. In spite of this (or, perhaps, because of it) the girls form a bond that starts out unrealistic, and grows into one none of them realized they needed. This is an unparalleled story of friendship filled with tears, laughter, and quite a few good deeds. A perfect 3rd -6th grade book.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC DiCAMILLO)


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