Kate DiCamillo has written another book that you won't soon forget. In fact, I'm sure you will become a friend to Raymie Nightingale.
Life at Raymie's home has been turned upside-down her dad has run away with a dental hygienist. Raymie thinks of a plan that will bring her dad back home. Her plan is to enter the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition when she wins her father will see her picture in the newspaper and he will come home. She begins taking baton twirling lessons for the talent portion of the competition. At the lessons she meets Louisiana Elefante and Beverly Tapinski. Louisiana is also wanting to win the title of Little Miss Central Florida Tire and Beverly wants to make sure the competition doesn't happen. Their baton instructor doesn't teach the girls much of anything during their lesson time but the girls do become friends.
Raymie learns that she needs to do a good deed for the application for the competition so she visits a local home for the elderly to read to the residents for her good deed. When she isn't able to read to anyone and her book gets left behind it takes all three of the girls to get her book back. It isn't as easy as one may think, but their friendship continues to get stronger. Each girl is searching for something that she has lost and when Raymie saves Louisiana from drowning each girl finds what they really needed isn't what was lost it was what they have found in each other.
This is a great book about the summer adventures of three girls. Each of these girls has personalities and life circumstances that we can all relate to in one way or another. I highly recommend this book for all readers who want a few new friends.
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