Thursday, August 4, 2016
44. Raymie Nightingale by Kate diCamillo
2016, Candlewick Press
Mid Grade CRF
Goodreads rating: 3.94 - 6,527 ratings
My rating: 4.5
Setting: Contemporary central Florida
First line/s: "There were three of them, three girls."
My comments: This is a really hard book to rate. There were many hugely depressing parts to the story, which I personally look down upon if it's a book for kids and there's an overwhelming amount of sadness. However, there was humor and humanity and some really beautiful language, including high level vocabulary. I loved listening to this, because the reader was just wonderful. Talk about a quotation mark voice! This book was plump full of voice, and the reader accentuated that.
Goodreads synopsis: 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.