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Kate DiCamillo was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 25, 1964. She received an English degree from the University of Florida. At the age of thirty, she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and worked for a book warehouse on the children's floor. After working there for four and a half years, she fell in love with children's books and began writing. DiCamillo wrote the 2001 Newbery-honor book, Because of Winn-Dixie, which was adapted into a film in 2005. In 2004, she won the Newbery Medal for The Tale of Despereaux, which was also adapted into a movie in 2008, and for Flora and Ulysses in 2013. Her other works include the Mercy Watson series, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and The Magician's Elephant. She was named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress for the term 2014-2015. Kate's title, Raymie Nightingale, mde the New York Times bestseller list in 2016. — biography from Because of Winn-Dixie… (more)
Because of Winn-Dixie 14,529 copies, 549 reviews
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane 7,245 copies, 257 reviews
The Tiger Rising 5,133 copies, 100 reviews
The Magician's Elephant 2,795 copies, 136 reviews
Mercy Watson to the Rescue 2,307 copies, 90 reviews
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride 1,732 copies, 44 reviews
Raymie Nightingale 1,459 copies, 64 reviews
Mercy Watson Fights Crime 1,439 copies, 26 reviews
Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig 1,324 copies, 22 reviews
Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise 1,264 copies, 16 reviews
Bink & Gollie 920 copies, 80 reviews
Great Joy 670 copies, 19 reviews
Louisiana's Way Home 569 copies, 40 reviews
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up 509 copies, 14 reviews
Bink & Gollie: Two for One 369 copies, 16 reviews
The Beatryce Prophecy 338 copies, 27 reviews
Beverly, Right Here 302 copies, 21 reviews
A Piglet Named Mercy 238 copies, 17 reviews
Good Rosie! 166 copies, 19 reviews
La La La: A Story of Hope 132 copies, 8 reviews
A Very Mercy Christmas 39 copies, 1 review
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Kate DiCamillo's writing journey has been a truly remarkable one. She grew up in Florida and moved to Minnesota in her twenties, when homesickness and a bitter winter led her to write Because of Winn-Dixie -- her first published novel, which became a runaway bestseller and snapped up a Newbery Honor. The Tiger Rising, her second novel, was also set in Florida and went on to become a National Book Award finalist. Since then, the best-selling author has explored settings as varied as a medieval castle and a magician's theater while continuing to enjoy great success, winning two Newbery Medals and being named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. She now has almost 30 million books in print worldwide.

Now, for the first time ever, Kate DiCamillo is returning to the world of a previous novel to tell us more about a character whom her fans already know and love. In Louisiana's Way Home, set two years after the events of National Book Award finalist Raymie Nightingale, she picks up the story of Raymie's friend Louisiana Elefante, who uncovers difficult truths about her past -- and makes choices that will determine her future.

Kate DiCamillo's books' themes of hope and belief amid impossible circumstances and their messages of shared humanity and connectedness have resonated with readers of all ages around the world. In her instant #1 New York Times bestseller The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, a haughty china rabbit undergoes a profound transformation after finding himself face down on the ocean floor -- lost and waiting to be found. The Tale of Despereaux -- the Newbery Medal-winning novel that later inspired an animated adventure from Universal Pictures -- stars a tiny mouse with exceptionally large ears who is driven by love to become an unlikely hero. The Magician's Elephant, an acclaimed and exquisitely paced fable, dares to ask the question What if? And Kate DiCamillo's second Newbery Medal winner, Flora & Ulysses, was released in 2013 to great acclaim, garnering five starred reviews and an instant spot on the New York Times bestseller list.

Born in Philadelphia but raised in the South, Kate DiCamillo now lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.
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