Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo - ESSENTIAL

DiCamillo, Kate Raymie Nightingale, 263 pages. Candlewick Press, 2016. $8. Content: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.  

Ten year old Raymie Clarke starts baton twirling lessons because she wants to enter the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition.  Raymie thinks if she can win the competition she might get her father to come back, since he ran off with a dental hygienist and left Raymie and her mother.  What Raymie finds at baton lessons is two quirky friends, named Louisiana and Beverly, who have their own reasons for wanting to win the Little Miss contest.  Raymie quickly realizes that she is not the only one with problems and the three girls start to become friends while trying to figure out life along the way.  

DiCamillo does character development so well.  I loved each of the girls and loved getting to know them and their stories.  The plot line is simple and some questions are left unanswered at the end, but it’s a satisfying read about friendship and believing in yourself.  I totally enjoyed it.  

EL - ESSENTIAL, MS – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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