In Raymie Nightingale, Kate DiCamillo returns to her childhood roots of Florida. Set in the summer of 1975, her latest book focuses on an unexpected friendship that develops among three girls who have their sights set on the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition. Full of the eccentric characters that we have come to love and expect from Ms. DiCamillo, this story is heartbreaking at times, as it explores the themes of loss, poverty, and the need for acceptance. An homage to the power of friendship and strength of community, this book will touch the hearts of all ages.
About the Author
Kate DiCamillo is the former 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.
Publisher: Candlewick Press (April 12, 2016)
Review Notes: I received a hardcover copy of this book from the publisher for review.