Two-Time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo is Coming to Kalamazoo!

Jun 24, 2016 11:33:13 AM


Kalamazoo, MI –

Meet the Author: Kate DiCamillo
Date: Monday, July 11
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Central Library, 315 S Rose Street

Kalamazoo Public Library is honored to welcome two-time Newbery Medalist and former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Kate DiCamillo back to Kalamazoo with her new bestseller, Raymie Nightingale!

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.

"As in her previous award-winning books, DiCamillo once again shows that life’s underlying sadnesses can also be studded with hope and humor, and does it in a way so true that children will understand it in their bones. And that’s why she’s Kate the Great." —Booklist

"DiCamillo's third-person narrative is written in simple words, few exceeding three syllables, yet somehow such modest prose carries the weight of deep meditations on life, death, the soul, friendship, and the meaning of life without ever seeming heavy, and there's even a miracle to boot. Readers will approach the tense and dramatic conclusion and realize how much each word matters. Raymie may not find answers to why the world exists or how the world works, but she can hold onto friends and begin to see more clearly the world as it is...Once again, DiCamillo demonstrates the power of simple words in a beautiful and wise tale." —Kirkus Reviews

"With extraordinary skill, two-time Newbery Medalist DiCamillo traces the girls’ growing trust in each other while using understated confessionals and subtly expressed yearnings to show how tragedies have affected each of them. The book culminates with a daring cat-rescue mission: fraught with adventure, danger, and a miracle or two, the escapade reveals how love and compassion can overcome even the highest hurdles."—Publishers Weekly

Not only is DiCamillo a best-selling, award-winning novelist, she is also the 2016 National Summer Reading Champion and she shared her Top Ten Reasons to Participate in Your Local Library Summer Reading Program. Have you signed up for the Kalamazoo Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge yet? If not, do so today!

Bookbug will sell copies of DiCamillo’s books for signing. DiCamillo will sign an unlimited number of Raymie Nightingale, and just one backlist title per person.

Kate DiCamillo is the author of many books for young readers. Her books have been awarded the Newbery Medal (The Tale of Despereaux, 2004); the Newbery Honor (Because of Winn-Dixie, 2001), the Boston Globe Horn Book Award (The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, 2006), and the Theodor Geisel Medal and honor (Bink and Gollie, co-author Alison McGhee, 2011; Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride, 2007). She is the current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, appointed by the Library of Congress.

A native of Florida, Kate now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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