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Raymie Nightingale (Hardcover)

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This book is adoring and wonderful in every way. The journey Raymie goes through, just at the age of 10 and the personal growth she discovers during her trials, is encouraging, to say the least. This is a great read, especially for those who are struggling with parental divorce, or trouble making friends.

— Caitlin in Santa Clara

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

A funny, heartfelt friendship story that faces real-world sorrow with honesty and bravery. Each of the three girls in Raymie Nightingale is living with pain -- one is desperately poor, another's father has abandoned the family, and another has inherited vast stores of anger from her emotionally abusive mother. These struggles are never front-and-center in the story. Wisely, DiCamillo stays true to a child's point of view. These characters are young enough to find each other's circumstances more puzzling than tragic, and their focus is instead on their friendship and adventures, full of boundless hope. These friends don't always understand each other, but they show up for each other when it matters. Easily my favorite middle reader of 2016.

— David, at Books Inc. Berkeley


A 2016 National Book Award Finalist

Two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo returns to her roots with a moving, masterful story of an unforgettable summer friendship.

Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie 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, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; 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.

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo is one of America's most beloved storytellers. She is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and a two-time Newbery Medalist. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780763681173
ISBN-10: 0763681172
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication Date: April 12th, 2016
Pages: 272
Language: English