Wednesday, July 6, 2016
FABULOUS FINISH: Raymie Nigthingale
by Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick Press, 2016, Fiction 272 p.
Raymie's father ran away with his dental hygienist, but Raymie is convinced if she can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire Competition, her father will be so impressed he will come back. She also believes in order to win the competition, she must learn to twirl a baton. When she goes to her first baton twirling lesson she meets two other girls, Louisiana and Beverly, whose lives are just as confusing as hers. Although the three couldn't be more different, they form a bond and give each other the emotional support they are not getting from their families. Here is a new book about working through loss by a beloved and acclaimed author. All three main characters are fully drawn, sympathetic and authentic. This one is getting a lot of attention from reviewers and has the possibility of garnering Ms DiCamillo more Newbery attention. The book is available from the library in print, on CD, as an ebook, and as a audio download.