Kate DiCamillo - Raymie Nightingale

Tuesday 30 May 2017
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Register until 30 May 2017 3:00 PM

Join award-winning author Kate DiCamillo for an afternoon event celebrating the paperback release of Raymie Nightingale! This special event will include a book chat with Kate and there will also be Raymie branded pencils and lots of posters and bookmarks to decorate and take home.

Kate DiCamillo is one of America’s most well-regarded storytellers, author of The Tale of Despereaux and Flora and Ulysses, both of which have been awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, which received a Newbery Honor; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, which won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; and the bestselling Mercy Watson series. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis, USA, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.

In her seventh novel, Raymie Nightingale, Kate tells a masterful story that blends pathos and humour. Raymie Clarke has come to realise 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 has run away 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, but she has to compete with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante with her 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 them to come to each other’s rescue in unexpected ways.