Beverly, Right Here

By: Kate DiCamillo

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.

ISBN: 9780763694647

JLG Release: Jan 2020


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language
Topics: Friendship , Running away , Runaways , Coming of age , Florida State , First jobs , Grief and loss , Family

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Praise & Reviews

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School Library Journal

Readers first met Beverly Tapinski when she entered the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition with Raymie Nightingale and Louisiana Elefante. Beverly is now 14. Her dog Buddy has died, and Beverly feels like she has been left behind by everyone--her dad, Louisiana, and now Buddy. So she leaves, too, and goes to Tamaray Beach. She gets a job Readers first met Beverly Tapinski when she entered the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition with Raymie Nightingale and Louisiana Elefante. Beverly is now 14. Her dog Buddy has died, and Beverly feels like she has been left behind by everyone--her dad, Louisiana, and now Buddy. So she leaves, too, and goes to Tamaray Beach. She gets a job at a restaurant, is taken in by a kind old lady, and makes friends with the cashier of Zoom City. But eventually she realizes she left behind Raymie, and that hurts more than she can stand. In her signature style of short, accessible prose sprinkled with carefully chosen, meaningful words, DiCamillo once again tells extraordinary stories with ordinary characters. This is a multilayered story of hope, from Iola who wants to win a turkey from the VFW Christmas in July, to Freddie who has big dreams, to Elmer who loves art and poetry and wants to be an engineer, to Beverly herself, who just wants things to be different than they are. Beverly acts tough and uninterested, but underneath she is tender and vulnerable. This is not a lighthearted book, but it is heartwarming and touching. Highly recommended.

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In this companion volume to DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale (rev. 3/16) and Louisiana’s Way Home (rev. 9/18)—together the books make up a trilogy in which DiCamillo introduces three girls, each meeting individual challenges in the process of growing up—it’s Beverly Tapinski’s turn. After Buddy, the “dog of [her] heart,” In this companion volume to DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale (rev. 3/16) and Louisiana’s Way Home (rev. 9/18)—together the books make up a trilogy in which DiCamillo introduces three girls, each meeting individual challenges in the process of growing up—it’s Beverly Tapinski’s turn. After Buddy, the “dog of [her] heart,” dies, fourteen-year-old Beverly leaves home, catching a ride with her loser cousin to Tamaray Beach, where she finds a job busing tables and a place to stay in return for driving (yes, driving) elderly Iola Jenkins to bingo. Others enter her life; in the same manner as she shops at the local convenience store, Beverly chooses some (Elmer, the store clerk with a full scholarship to Dartmouth; the cook at the restaurant) for friends and rejects others (the self-absorbed waitress and her bully boyfriend). Unlike the often-drunk mother back home who never notices her, or the father who simply left one day, Beverly discovers that showing up—whether to help Iola win the world’s largest turkey at the local VFW’s Christ-mas-in-July party, or build a sandcastle with a child, or support a workers’ strike at the restaurant—can make a difference in people’s lives. The story moves lan-guidly at first, as Beverly absorbs her surroundings, and then more quickly, as she realizes that if she “wants things to change,” she must meet those things head on. Drawn with unusual depth, the members of Beverly’s small community emerge as complex individuals but also, collectively, as a force for change and goodwill—just like the three friends who began this journey together.

Book Details

ISBN

9780763694647

First Release

January 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

7 2/3" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

256

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.5; Points: 5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 480L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language

Topics

Friendship, Running away, Runaways, Coming of age, Florida State, First jobs, Grief and loss, Family,

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