By Kate DiCamillo
Somerville: Candlewick Press, 2016.
Grades 4 and Up 262 Pages
You will not soon forget the three girls in this delightful story of friendship, family troubles and a quest to win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire Competition! Raymie, Louisiana and Beverly meet at their first baton twirling class—where the instructor Miss Ida Nee calls off class because the girls were too dramatic—Ida Nee reminds me of Sue Sylvester in Glee! Raymie tells the story of how her father runs off with a dental hygienist without even saying goodbye to her. She knows in her heart if she would win the competition, become famous her father would surely come back. Louisiana needs to win so that she does not get sent to a foster home and Beverly—she just wants to sabotage the competition. You will laugh and cry as their friendship grows and they slowly begin to have faith in one another and find strength when they begin to share their struggles.
A great story not to be missed!