How many of us - at some point in our lives - have thought that things would be better if we could just start over somewhere else? That things would be better once we got THERE…like, it didn’t matter where THERE was…as long as it wasn’t here?
Kate DiCamillo’s newest middle-grade fiction book, Beverly, Right Here, tackles this notion through the eyes of a 14-year-old who desperately wants to survive. Who has seen too much. Who has lived through so much heartbreak that she just wants to run, run, run away.
Running is the easy part. Staying takes courage.
Beverly, Right Here is the final (😫) book in a trio of stories involving the Three Rancheros: Beverly Tapinski, Raymie Nightingale, and Louisiana Elefante.
As always, Kate DiCamillo has crafted a story in a way that only she can. When I first started reading, my heart felt tight. Closed off. Then, slowly, my heart loosened up as the story went on. It wasn’t until I read the last line of the book that I realized that this feeling mirrored Beverly’s own transformation. Kate DiCamillo sure knows how to use a slow simmer to fully develop a character.
Beverly, Right Here will be a great addition to any home, school, or classroom library.
Suggested Grade Level: 5th
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Cover Illustration: Amy Bates
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: September 24, 2019
I received this book from the publisher @candlewickpressand NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Yours in Literacy,