I have loved many books by Katie DiCamillo so of course I needed to read Raymie Nightingale and it was everything I expected it to be.
Raymie needs to win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire pageant. She enrolls in baton twirling lessons and there meets Louisiana, who also needs to win, and Beverly who intends to sabotage the contest. These three girls become friends and though vastly different in some ways they depend on one another. Each of the girls is going through things that will make you feel for them, laugh with them, and cheer them on as they take their futures and situations in their own hands.
DiCamillo is a wonderful writer that develops great characters that are just quirky enough that I feel like they are real people that I would know. I loved the situations she places the girls in and I loved the friendship they develop.