Published by Candlewick Press on April 12th 2016
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.
There’s no denying that Kate DiCamillo is a master of children’s literature and I will read and purchase and promote and dance and jump up and down about anything she writes.
I have sat in bookstores and read her new releases in one sitting and I have purchased and recommended and gifted many of her books over the years including The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Magician’s Elephant, The Tiger Rising, and Flora and Ulysses. You may even recall that one of the books I used for my dissertation was Edward Tulane.
Some years ago I was privileged to meet Kate and have her sign my beloved copy of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (which I actually purchased at a bookshop in Hay-on-Wye in Wales!) and the illustrator, Bagram Ibatouilline was also there to sign my book as well.
Needless to say, I am extremely beyond excited about Kate’s upcoming release from Candlewick: RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE.
Friendship. Florida. Three Girls. Little Miss Central Florida Tire Competition. That’s all you need to know. Now GO!