Published by Walker Books on April 12, 2016
Genres: Children's, Fiction
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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.
Raymie Nightingale was a gorgeous gorgeous book, there was so much meaning placed subtly in it that it was hard not to compare with my own life and see the similarities and differences. This is a children’s book, so while it seems quite long for an adult it is a quick one hour read. Just to warn you..
The chapters are short and quickly set the scene, there are no long descriptions or waiting around to find out what will happen. This is an absorbing read, that finishes far too early for me.
I liked how the three girls bond over their twirling class and while each seem so different at the start, actually are facing the same problems and issues. Each are struggling with issues of belonging and feeling loss. And how a child’s world is a lot simpler than the world of an adult. How each believe one simple action can cause so much change in their lives.
Raymie Nightingale is a book that sparkled for me, and one I wish that I could have read as a small ten-year old. One about looking for hope in the aftermath of tragedy this is one book that will stay close to the heart.