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.
I really have no words today and I've been trying to think of what to say about this book. I love Kate DiCamillo's work, there's always a deeper meaning hidden just below the surface. This book is an incredibly simple story happening in such a short time wherein the whole world changes. DiCamillo is a master at fitting in as much info as possible in so few words. We don't have to know everything, we're given a little bit of detail that says so much more.
Raymie Nightingale is a great book in exploring how childhood is not simple and not always happy. There's a point where we all grow up and our childish views are left behind. Pain from our youth can alter the course of our lives, but friendships can help us endure and experience the positive side of life and growing up.
There's so much to understand behind these three girls personalities and choices throughout the book. Again, so much is said in so little a gesture.
I am so inspired, and so intimidated, by Kate DiCamillo's work. It's wonderful and I hope I'm not the only one who cries throughout her stories...
I think there's a lot for kids to relate to in this story, a lot they can learn and maybe see the world in another light.