Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
Narrated by Jenna Lamia
Listening Length: 4 hours and 25 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Audible.com Release Date: April 12, 2016
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.
This book is geared toward middle school readers but I enjoyed it a lot. It reminded me of being a child and the friends I had.
Raymie is a fun character who is loyal to her friends and whatever they want to do, or need her to do. Even if she’s afraid. The three girls go on a few adventures, get into some trouble, rescue a a few critters, and learn that no matter what hard blows life gives you, things will be eventually be ok.
This was a fun book that was very cute, often funny, and always entertaining. It’s a short one at only 4 1/2 hours, but a lot happens in that time.
I loved the narration and was glad I decided to listen instead of read. There were quite a few instances where hearing a voice made it so much better.
Would recommend this to anyone who loves to read, or listen 🙂
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