Wednesday, May 11, 2016


BY Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick Press,
2016 99 Dover Street
Somerville, MA 02144
ISBN: 978-0-7636-8117-3
Price: $16.99

This is a story for children from nine to twelve. It’s story is about three girls who want to enter the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition. Here is an example of the humorous writing:
“There were three of them, three girls.
They were standing side by side.
They were standing at attention.
And then the girl in the pink dress, the one who was standing right next to Raymie, let out a sob and said, “The more I think about it, the more terrified I am. I am too terrified to go on!”
The girl clutched her baton to her chest and dropped to her knees.”

So Raymie, with her wonderful childish logic decides she needs to learn baton twirling so she can win this competition. She has to twirl, and do a good deed. Learning to twirl with the two other girls is an experience. Finding a good deed to do is a challenge too. The colorful characters she encounters teach her life lessons as she observes them. But each of her new friends has their own problems and they band together to help each other. All the characters in this novel are people that I have met. They are real and wonderfully presented. The settings are well described.
There is something magic about the combination of Southern landscapes, and settings, and the logic of children. Kate DiCamillo has done it again.

I give it a five out of five.

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