Raymie Nightingale (Paperback)

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"Tell me, why does the world exist?" Funny, touching, and flawlessly executed, Kate DiCamillo's latest novel of friendship and adventure will be a classic in no time. Raymie Nightingale follows the story of three girls who meet at a backyard baton-twirling class, determined to compete in a local pageant in order to heal their families and homes. Full of unforgettable heart, they grow together as a team as they learn the difficult reasons why each girl wants to win.

— Aubrey Restifo

Kate DiCamillo returns to her Winn-Dixie roots in this perfect gem of a novel. Three little girls, each with her own personal heartbreak casting a shadow on her life, meet at baton-twirling class. Each has her sights set on the Little Miss Central Florida Tire 1975 competition, each for her own reasons. How to explain what this book is about? The great truth it tells is that children can and do ponder the deepest mysteries about the meaning of life, and they find their answers in unexpected places. DiCamillo's deftness as a storyteller has never been so breathtaking; I repeatedly laughed out loud, only to find my laughter catch on tears. This book is poignant, funny, and profound. Destined to become a classic. — Jennifer Armstrong

The story of an unlikely friendship between Raymie, Beverly and Louisiana with the commonality that each young girl has lost a parent, or both. DiCamillo, in all her brilliance, made the characters and their ridiculous yet heartbreaking circumstances, believable. This is a must read! — Gail Cosgriff

— Candlewick Press


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780763696917
ISBN-10: 0763696919
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication Date: April 10th, 2018
Pages: 288
Language: English
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