Raymie Nightingale
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Kate DiCamillo
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Candlewick Press
 
 
 
Central Florida

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.

 
1.   Where is the most unusual place you have met a friend? What were you doing? Describe the place. Describe what this friend means to you.
2.   If Raymie and Louisiana and Beverly were in your class at school, would you expect them to become friends? Why or why not?
3.   With which of the three friends do you have the most in common?
4.   Did you find yourself hoping that Raymie's father would come home? At which points in the book did you think that might happen? Or did you find your doubts rising higher?
5.   Everybody loves a happy ending. Do you feel that this book has a happy ending? Would you change the ending in any way?
 
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