Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingale

Book - 2016
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When Raymie enters the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition in hopes of catching her father?s attention, she doesn?t expect to become friends with her sassy and eccentric fellow contestants, Louisiana and Beverly. But as time goes by, these three girls become allies and soon learn that even your biggest rivals can turn out to be your closest friends.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts :, Candlewick Press,, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780763681173
Branch Call Number: J DICA
Characteristics: 263 pages ; 21 cm


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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.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Aug 15, 2016

I love quirky stories and this is one quirky story. I could absolutely see Wes Anderson turning it into cinematic gold- the characters, setting, and time period are 100% ready. And while there is one closing scene that is extremely pat, I can accept it as being part of the unrealistic reality that is Raymie Nightingale.

Aug 06, 2016

This book was an easy, fun read for me. It's humour appealed me, and the theme was likeable.
I zipped through it, and the characters were all enjoyable for me.

A big thing that I liked about the book is how the author made Raymie Clarke into Raymie Nightingale.
This is a leisurable read, and it is immensely impactful.

PimaLib_MaryG Jul 30, 2016

What a wonderful book! Raymie will just fill your heart in this tale of three lost girls who find each other in their time of need. Together they rescue a few animals, as well as each other. One more In Kate DiCamillo's list of wonderful, quirky chapter books.

AL_JILLC Jul 16, 2016

I love Kate DiCamillo and Raymie Nightingale does not disappoint. When Raymie's father suddenly disappears with the dental hygienist, she devises a plan to get him back. She is going to learn to twirl a baton and win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire title!

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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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