Raymie's dad has left home with a dental hygienist. Raymie doesn't know what this means for her, and she doesn't quite understand the grown-up things involved, but she wants her dad to come home. She thinks that maybe, if she becomes famous by winning the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition that her father will have no choice but to come home. She asked her father's secretary who told her that if she wants to win, she will need to learn to twirl a baton. At her baton lessons, Raymie meets some interesting girls: Louisiana Elephante, who claims to be a member of a family of flying trapeze artists, and Beverly Tapinski, whose father is a cop. The girls' relationship is off to a rocky start, but things are definitely going to get crazier before they sort themselves out.
Join Raymie and her unlikely allies on their adventures in this realistic fiction story that shows what friendship and family can really mean when you let others see who you really are and understand that no one, and no one's family, is really perfect. Raymie Nightingale (Lexile: 550; Interest Level: Grades 5-7) by Kate DiCamillo will appeal to readers who enjoy reading "day-to-day" stories and like to root for the underdog. It is an interesting addition to the 2017-2018 Indian Paintbrush Nominee list. (272 p.)
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