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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