Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
Four paw prints
Raymie is a girl on a mission. Her father has left her and her mother to be with his new girlfriend. Raymie is determined to encourage her father to come home. She is convinced the only way to do this is to enter and win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition. Raymie is also convinced that to win the competition she needs to learn how to twirl a baton. While at baton twirling lessons Raymie meets two girl named Louisiana and Beverly. Unfortunately they are also taking lessons in the hopes of winning the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition. Though these girls are completely different from each other, through some unusual circumstances they become unlikely friends. But can their friendship last through the competition and will Raymie be able to make her father come home? Now I must say I did like this book; but I’ll admit it’s not my favorite book by Kate DiCamillio. I liked the girl, I liked the “adventures” they did together, and I really felt for each of the girls and the problems they were experiencing in their lives. I even read this book in one day because I did really enjoy it that much. So, why isn’t it my favorite book by this author? I really felt like the story ended too soon. I want to know what happened to the girls after the competition. But, I think the book was written this way to make you wonder. And that’s OK too. To learn more about Kate DiCamillo and her books (including my favorite The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane) visit http://www.katedicamillo.com/.