Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Summer of 1975…Raymie Clarke’s father has run off with a dental hygienist. Raymie is determined to achieve something to enable her photo to get in the newspaper, in the hope that her father will see it. So Raymie starts to learn how to twirl a baton and hopefully will win the baton twirling completion.

Raymie becomes friends with two other girls, Beverly and Louisiana, also in the baton twirling class, and they set about solving one another’s problems through a series of adventures.

Does Raymie win the competition and bring her father home? This book is full of humour and displays a number of emotions. It is a story about friendship and dealing with family situations.

Another great novel from Kate DiCamillo.

Ages 9+

Reviewed by Leah

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