DMA Arts & Letters Live: Kate Dicamillo
Two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo returns to the world of Raymie Nightengale in her new book, Beverly, Right Here, turning her focus to tough-talking, tenderhearted Beverly Tapinski.
Beverly ran away from home plenty of times when she was just a kid. Now that she’s 14, she figures it’s not running away, but leaving. Determined to make it on her own, Beverly finds a job and a place to live. She tries to forget about her dog, Buddy, now buried underneath the orange trees back home; her friend Raymie, whom she left without a word; and her mom, Rhonda, who has never cared about anyone but herself. Beverly doesn’t want to depend on anyone, and definitely doesn’t want anyone to depend on her. But despite her best efforts, she can’t help forming connections with the people around her, and gradually, she learns to see herself through their eyes.
In a touching, funny, and fearless conclusion to her books about the beloved Three Rancheros, DiCamillo tells the story of a character who will break your heart and put it back together again.