I fell in love with the work of Kate DiCamillo a late summer evening as I read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. who would have thought that a porcelain rabbit who seemed so stuck on himself would bring me to tears ad remind me of my own humanity. Since then, I have cherished the memories that her writing has provided for my life; the Global Read Aloud falling in love with Edward that year, my own daughter and I listening to the audio book as we drove to school in the early mornings. When I was asked by Candlewick Press if I would at all be interested in receiving an advanced review copy of her new book Raymie Nightingale I am sure my resounding yes could be heard all the way to their offices.
I abhor book spoilers so I will stick to the official description of the book
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.
But what the description does not tell you is how much you will love this book. How Kate DiCamillo once again has written a tale of unlikely friendship, a journey of souls, that will lead us to question our own. There were so many parts of the book where I longed for someone else to read what I had just read so that I could talk to them about it. And that is why I am proud to add Raymie Nightingale as a Global read Aloud contender. Wonderful, inspiring, and conversation starting describes the book, but why take my word for it? Read it yourself when it comes out April 12th.