Raymie's father has run off with a dental hygienist named Lee Ann Dickerson. But Raymie has a plan, she's going to win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire pageant, get her picture in the paper and that will get his attention. To this end, she begins baton twirling lessons. She doesn't get a lot out of the classes, but the classmates are what she really needed anyway. This is every bit a Kate DiCamillo story, full of quirky characters and loads of heart. It's quiet, but moving. Raymie and her friends keep you interested and involved the whole way. There is a very good reason DiCamillo wins awards. I highly recommend this one to students 3rd grade and up who just want a gentle slice-of-life story.