Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingale

eBook - 2016
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A 2016 National Book Award Finalist!

Two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo returns to her roots with a moving, masterful story of an unforgettable summer friendship.

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.

Publisher: Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2016
ISBN: 9780763687083
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Sep 27, 2018

A beautiful story of self-discovery and friendship. Female comrades at their very best.

Jul 22, 2018

I thought that Raymie Nightingale was a great book that was an inspiring book about Raymie Clark being put in tough situation and her new friendship helping her. All the different characters had a backstory the really made you understand and care for them. I could not stop reading it once I started. It is a great book!

Jul 17, 2018

WARNING: Once you open this book, it is impossible to close it!
This extremely well written book is by far one of my favourite's this year!
It is so detailed and at some points very upsetting because.... (Readddd the book to find out!)
rating: 10/10
Age group: 8 +

Jun 19, 2018

Raymie Nightingale is a great book when I started reading it I just couldn't stop.I Iiked this book, but it kind of left you hanging.
I liked the character Louisiana, because she is always happy no matter what.
This is a fantastic book.
I would rate it 4 stars.

samcmar Jan 18, 2018

This is such a delightful middle grade book! It's funny, sweet, and you really feel for Raymie and her friends, each who has their own reason for wanting to participate in the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition. There's good deeds, baton twirling, and it has DiCamillo's signature humour and heart.

Nov 09, 2017

Not for me but.......My other friends LOVED it.I found it better to read out loud, or with friends!

CMLReads_Kristin Apr 19, 2017

For fans of DiCamillo's realistic fiction, here's one to rival Because of Winn Dixie. Raymie's dad has left her mother for a dental hygenist, and Raymie wants to convince him to come back. Her plan to win a local beauty pageant doesn't go completely as planned.

Nov 18, 2016

Not my style but I understand why so highly rated. It's NOT about her mia father, its about friendship and coping with loss. Raymie goes to class to learn how to use the baton and hijinks ensue. She bounces from one day to the next trying to sort out her feelings. The other two girls are each her opposite. One much more brave and assertive; the other more innocent. They band together. Ups and down as they navigate life. Despite its 250 page length, its an easy, quick read with words spaced out with wide margins. Well suited for 3rd and 4th grade with some humerous moments.

Oct 04, 2016

In the 1970’s Florida, a lonely girl named Raymie Nightingale hatches a plan that involves learning to twirl a baton in the hopes of getting her father to return home. Raymie eventually befriends two other misfits, the delicate Louisiana and the fiery Beverly, who both have struggles of their own. This memorable story has plenty of interesting action, wonderful characters and engaging dialogue with just the right amount of humour mixed in.

KCLS_RobinH Aug 31, 2016

A great girl friendship story. Bittersweet, imaginative, full of quirky and distinct characters making do with some unfortunate circumstances. Definitely needed a tissue at the end. Also wonderful on audiobook.

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Nov 09, 2017

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Aug 06, 2016

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Jan 18, 2017

Louisiana smiled a very big smiled and opened her arms wide, and Raymie walked toward her, stepping on both white and green tiles (even though someone told her stepping on the white ones was bad luck.) She didn't care anymore. She stepped on all the tiles because bad things happened all the time, no matter what color tile you stepped on.
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Aug 06, 2016

"You never know what's going to happen next. It keeps you on your toes.”

“It was the strangest thing, how happiness came out of nowhere and inflated your soul.”

Jul 25, 2016

"Flex your toes and isolate your objectives."


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Aug 13, 2016

Three girls each has a unique reason (and secrets of their own story) in why they want to win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, but in the end, their friendship teaches them much more valuable things than winning a contest.

SPL_Childrens Jun 22, 2016

Raymie’s actual surname isn’t “Nightingale”. It’s “Clarke”. However, like Florence Nightingale, she manages to accomplish some very big “good deeds” in this book – including saving a life.
Raymie’s father has recently left town with a dental hygienist. Raymie’s mother is in shock. Raymie wants her father back home, and her response is to come up with a far-fetched plan. If she can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire Competition, her father will surely see her picture in the newspaper, recognize that he has a very talented daughter, and promptly return home.
Does life ever go according to plan?
As the competition draws nearer, Raymie forms an unlikely friendship with two other competitors: Louisiana (an orphan who lives in poverty with her grandmother) and Beverly, whose father left home some years ago.
Soon each girl is challenged to come to the rescue of someone in an unexpected way. And each will rise to the challenge with help from their new friends.
Life is full of the unexpected, and it is this fact that author Kate DiCamillo has highlighted so well in this gentle, middle-grade novel. As Louisiana’s grandmother says, “It’s important to be on your toes because you just never know what might happen next in this world.”
Inspired by the author’s own childhood (in a single-parent family, in small-town Florida), Raymie Nightingale explores some very large, fundamental universal truths about life. The plot is not fast-paced, nor is it meant to be (in fact this is part of its charm), but the characters (some of them quite quirky) are endearing, and the fittingly unanticipated ending will make readers smile.
** Recommended for ages 9 years and up.


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