Raymie’s dad has run off with a dental hygienist and she has a plan to bring him back, a plan that involves winning the competition for the title of "Little Miss Central Florida Tire." This involves learning to twirl the baton. And she has some competition from Louisiana Elefante (who has a show business background) and Beverly Tapinski (who wants to sabotage the competition). They all meet up at baton class with with instructor Ida Nee. Unexpectedly they become friends, helping each other resolve a sorrow that each carries with her.
There is sadness, droll humor, connectedness and that incredibly real sense of humanity that this author is so capable of revealing.
4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, character driven, contemporary fiction, friendship, humor, Tessa's Picks