Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingale

by Kate DiCamillo


$16.99 View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Tuesday, December 10


Two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo returns to her roots with a moving, masterful story of an unforgettable summer friendship.

2016 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763681173
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 04/12/2016
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 146,042
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo is one of America’s most beloved storytellers. She is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a two-time Newbery Medalist. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

March 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A. in English, University of Florida at Gainesville, 1987

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Raymie Nightingale 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
June 1975 was a period in Raymie Clark’s life she would never forget. This was the year her father ran away with dental hygienist Lee Ann Dickerson, and the year she made two friends for life. Raymie had come up with a plan to bring her father back home. She would enter the ‘Little Miss Central Florida Tire’ competition, as a baton twirler. She would win the competition and get her picture in the paper. Her father would see her and declare “I must return home immediately. Everything has changed. My daughter is famous now”. Then her family would be back together again. There was one tiny problem with her plan. She didn’t know how to twirl a baton. So she went to Ida Nee’s baton twirling class, where she met her two new best friends, ‘swampy lungs’ the ever-fainting Louisiana Elefante, the daughter of the famous ‘Flying Elephante’s’ and tough-cookie Beverley Tapinski, who didn’t want to win the competition, she wanted to sabotage it. Raymie Nightingale is a beautiful story of loss, hurt, betrayal, love, fun and ever-lasting friendship. Kate DiCamillo has written some peculiar, yet outstanding characters into her book. From Mrs Borkowski, with her ever-wise words that she gives Raymie, in exchange for having her toenails cut, along with some sweets, to Mrs Sylvester, her father’s secretary, who Raymie rings up often just for reassurance, and her large jar of popcorn she has on her desk. The three girls together, or the ‘Three Ranchero’s’ as Louisiana called them, were inseparable from day one. They were each complex, and you wouldn’t have thought three uniquely different girls would bond like they did. Louisiana lived with her eccentric grandmother, in a house with no furniture. She reminded me a lot of Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books, as she lived in her own little bubble. She wore bunny clips in her hair and according to her, she was ‘filled up with feathers and regrets. And fears. Lots of fears.’ Beverley Tapinkski was a force to be reckoned with. She carried a knife, a knife she was going to use to sabotage the contest. Her father was a policeman and she was learning how to pick a lock. She was also very, very secretive. Raymie was a problem solver, well she liked to think of herself as one. She often flexed her toes to isolate her objectives and clear her mind, just like her lifesaving coach had taught her. She was also a lonely young girl until she met her new friends and her heart swelled up. The three girls need one another to try to bring some normality to their lives, and this is the reason I feel that they get on so well. They each have lots of personal problems, yet when they are together, their problems melt away and they can enjoy themselves. The book is full of well-placed phrases that show the author’s philosophical nature, and put the lives of the characters fully on show for us to completely understand and connect with. Such a perfect, easy-going book that has the reader submerged into the lives of three young girls, and the summer of 1975.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very inspiring to me and my child
ConfuzzledShannon More than 1 year ago
Our main character Raymie has a plan to get her father back into her life. She joins two other girls who are also taking lessons in baton twirling for a beauty contest. Her hopes is she wins and her dad sees her name in the newspaper and he comes rushing home to be with her. I flew through this book’s short chapters. The characters are sweet and endearing. The three girls are each very different and a little strange together. Every girl has a strong characteristic. Louisiana has great sense of imagination, Beverly is strong and fearless, and Raymie sees the good in all. All are great qualities and makes for an interesting friendship. I liked the book but this is not author Kate DiCamillo best by far. It was missing the magicalness that books like The Magician's Elephant and Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane. There was also not much of a plot. Raymie Nightingale was a quick and somewhat fun read. I found myself wanting to hear more about the Florence Nightingale book that Raymie reads. Apparently that book is not a real book. In the end I am not sorry I read this, because there were some beautiful descriptions that shows the author knows what she’s good at.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I couldn’t wait to take a drive as I listened to this audio in my car and sometimes, I just sat in my car when I got to my destination as I didn’t want to wait until “next time” to finish hearing the adventures of Raymie Clark. I was mesmerized by the voice of Jenna Lamia as she read to me, her voice pronouncing the names of Raymie Clark, Louisiane Elefante and Beverly Tapinski, over and over again. Jenna’s voice spoke from the heart about these children whose lives were tangled up in knowing exactly what they thought they wanted. There were serious moments and times where I laughed as they struggled to be heard and as they found exactly what they needed where they least expected it. It was a wonderful adventure, a novel that should not be overlooked. It all began with a contest, the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition which Raymie Clark and Louisiane Elefante were going to enter. Both girls had different intentions why they wanted to win. Raymie Clark wanted her picture in the paper for she thought if her father saw her picture in the paper for winning the contest, he surely would return home. Louisiane Elefante entered because her grandmother and her needed the prize money. Beverly Tapinski was going to sabotage the contest, and she was proud of it. These girls should have been in competition with one another, there should have been some rivalry between them but amazingly these girls create a friendship instead. I really enjoyed watching this friendship take shape. As they got to know each other, they got to see what different lives they each lead, the girls started to bond and they started to see what really mattered to them. It was fun watching this, watching them mature and being a part of their many adventures. I really enjoyed listening to this audio. I highly recommend this novel. https://soundcloud.com/penguin-audio/raymie-nightingale-by-kate
Ariesgrl More than 1 year ago
Raymie Nightingale’s world was destroyed when her father ran off with his dental hygienist. Now to correct everything, Raymie must win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire Competition, so her picture will be in the paper and bring her daddy home. There is only a minor problem with this plan and that is the fact that Raymie doesn’t know how to twirl a baton. When she signs up for classes, she meets Louisiana and Beverly. Louisiana lives with her grandmother and is determined to win the prize money so she can get her cat back and provide food for her family. Beverly is so sick of competitions that she wants to sabotage this one, so no one will win. This unlikely trio forms a friendship that will see them through difficult times. This historical fiction novel may seem light-hearted, but it will tug at readers’ heartstrings. There are many different lessons to learn in this book, including friendship, trust, and good deeds. It also shows the effects divorce has on younger children and how they can feel the weight of the world is on their shoulders. There are a few southern literature references and readers will be taken on a wild, wacky ride as the trio forms an unbreakable bond. The short, easy-to-read sentences are perfect for middle grade readers. Notes: This review was written for My Sister's Books.
SuperReaderChick More than 1 year ago
By the end of the first few chapters, I could already feel the yearning of Raymie and Louisiana to win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire Competition. Their reasons tugged at my heartstrings and pulled me deeper into the story. I loved the flow of this story and following along with how Raymie felt/thought. Watching the girls come together through their struggles was very lovely. They may not have agreed about Archie, but even that turned out for the best. The ending was really perfect and left me satisfied with this simple and sweet tale of growing up and making realizations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same! Really great book but confusing at first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is a little confusing ar first. I like the book, and the detials in this book.