Top positive review
Sad, but possibly uplifting book.
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2019
Kate de Camillo is one of my two, all-time favorite writers for children. I read it again and changed my review for the better. I loved characters Louisianna and Beverly, both engaging fighters, shadow-boxing against all odds. Their wins, , and Raymie's, are impressive considering their burdens. Life circumstances beyond their control victimize them: missing parents, poverty, a certain amount of physical, and certainly emotional, neglect, making this a sad, if interesting book for children.
I'm interested in what others think.
By the way. The writing is excellent, as is usual for K. Camillo. But the plot hurts.