This is not what we’ve come to expect from a Kate DiCamillo novel—no clever razzle-dazzle of poet-squirrels and brave mice that steal your heart. Instead, as in her very first novel, we have a young girl in trouble. Ten-year-old Raymie’s dad has run away with a dental hygienist. She can’t make him return unless, she reasons, he sees her photo in the paper as the baton-twirling winner (she’s never twirled a baton) of the Miss Central Florida Tire Competition of 1975. Two other girls covet this prize, each for their own similarly unreasoned reasons, but the three girls become loyal friends and (sans adults) rescue each other. Droll, heartbreaking, and oh so nice. Grades 4–7.— Ga
Ten-year-old Raymie’s dad has run away with a dental hygienist. Raymie can’t make him return unless, she reasons, he sees her photo in the paper as the baton-twirling winner (she’s never twirled a baton) of the Miss Central Florida Tire Competition of 1975. Two other girls covet this prize, each for their own similarly unreasoned reasons. The three girls become loyal friends and, without winning a contest, win a respite by rescuing each other. Droll, heartbreaking, and ultimately triumphant. Grades 4–7.— Ga
See below for English description.
Raymie Clarke r?alise que tout, mais absolument tout, d?pend d'elle. Et elle a un plan. Si Raymie gagne le concours Little Miss Central Florida Tire, alors son p?re, qui a quitt? la ville il y a deux jours avec une hygi?niste dentaire, verra la photo de Raymie dans les journaux et il reviendra ? la maison. Pour gagner, non seulement Raymie doit faire de bonnes actions et apprendre ? manier le b?ton, mais elle doit aussi composer avec la toute menue Louisina Elefante qui s'?vanouit constamment et qui a de l'exp?rience dans le monde du spectacle, et la f?roce et ent?t?e Beverly Tapinski qui est d?termin?e ? saboter le concours. ? l'approche du concours, la solitude, le deuil et des questions sans r?ponses possibles cr?ent entre les trois filles des liens d'amiti? insolites et mettent au d?fi chacune d'entre elles de venir ? la rescousse de fa?ons inattendues.
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.
Original title: Raymie Nightingale