Beverly Right Here (Coming September 2019)

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Sometimes you have to run.   That's pretty much how fourteen-year-old Beverly Tapinski sees it.  Her dog, her beloved dog, Buddy, is dead and she and Raymie buried him out under the orange trees.  That was enough for Beverly. After that, she turned herself in the direction of Lake Clara and when she crossed paths with her cousin, Joe Travis Joy and his Camaro, she got in his car and hung on and watched the swinging, smiling troll until they got to Tamaray Beach.  That's where she got out and that's where life started to look different.  Not better. Just different.

Sometimes the world looks like an old seafood restaurant and a tiny trailer in a tiny trailer park.   Beverly lies about her age and gets a job bussing tables at Mr. Cs restaurant where dreams go to die.  She moves in with Iola who makes a mean tuna melt sandwich and needs someone to drive her in her Pontiac over to Bingo.

Beverly takes it one day at a time and every day life offers her the choice between holding onto the pain and anger of the past or looking at the goodness and love in the present.  Every day she gets to choose who she will be.

This is a story about the possibility that life can make you laugh and life can give you friendship. This is a story about tiny bits of trust.  This is a story about a feeling down in your stomach that's a whole lot like the flutter of the wings of a bird that just might begin to stir and maybe even, glory be, rise inside you.

There's a darkness to this story that comes out of the pain of 14 years of betrayal and disappointment and loss. But the magnetic characters that are trademarks of a Kate DiCamillo novel are waiting here.  Every time you read one of her stories, you find your own list of "friends" getting longer and longer.  She really knows how to write people you want to live next door to or at least meet at the Winn Dixie.  They are friends who just might "get" you and love you for who you really are.

Thank you, Kate, for giving us this beautiful, honest time with our friend, Beverly.   It's wonderful that you sat and waited with such patience until she was ready to trust you with her story.  Poignant, tender, you-need-your-tissues, and filled with hope and joy and healing and the wonderful thing called love.  It's really there, Beverly. It's really there and there's enough in this world for you with all your invisible bruises to get all you need.

256 pages           978-0763694647              Ages 10 and up

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

*********** Revisiting once again the world of Raymie Nightingale, two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo turns her focus to the tough-talking, inescapably tenderhearted Beverly.

Beverly put her foot down on the gas. They went faster still. This was what Beverly wanted — what she always wanted. To get away. To get away as fast as she could. To stay away.

Beverly Tapinski has run away from home plenty of times, but that was when she was just a kid. By now, she figures, it’s not running away. It’s leaving. Determined to make it on her own, Beverly finds a job and a place to live and 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 she 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 sequence of novels about the beloved Three Rancheros, #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo tells the story of a character who will break your heart and put it back together again.--from the publisher

256 pages           978-0763694647              Ages 10 and up

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