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Beverly, Right Here

by Kate DiCamillo

Series: Three Rancheros (3)

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Revisiting once again the world of Raymie Nightingale, two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo turns her focus to the tough-talking, inescapably tenderhearted Beverly. Beverly put her foot down on the gas. They went faster still.This was what Beverly wanted--what she always wanted. To get away. To get away as fast as she could. To stay away. 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.… (more)
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This is one of the three books written as a composite by this author. The books include Raymie Nightingale, Louisiana's Way Home and the current one read. The theme throughout is the friendship of young teen girls, each of whom have a very checkered childhood, and difficult living circumstances.

Beverly's mother loves alcohol more than anyone or anything. Since Beverly is basically raising herself, she decides to leave, to run away -- this time for good. In addition to her two friends, she had her beloved pet dog Buddy for a long time. When Buddy dies and she places his body in the ground under the sad looking orange trees in the yard, she feels lost. Grief stricken, she feels she must leave.

As always, theses books are filled with hardship, and strength in getting through life knowing you are smarter and more together than your parents.

Beverly finds herself in a small town Florida area. She wears worn out flip flops and when her feet are burnt and sore, she stops at a trailer park. There is an elderly lady with large glasses who says "Howdy, "Howdy!" Inviting Beverly inside, she invites her to stay. They form a beautiful relationship. Finding a job busing tables at Mr. C's Fish restaurant, she meets a cast of characters, and a job, a place to stay and people she can like, she decides to stay where she is finally happy.

Meeting Elmer at the Zoom dollar store, she visits the store after work, and sees a lot of kindness and a person with direction who plans to go to college. Their relationship becomes solidly cute and healthy.

When Iola is excited about the Christmas in July event at the VFW, she invites Beverly and Elmer to accompany her to the place where there is a raffle for the largest turkey, and lots of Christmas music and dancing. Iola is hopeful she will win the huge turkey. Using money earned from her job, Beverly purchases $40 worth of tickets in the hope Iola will win the turkey.

She wins!!! Because her trailer is very small, Elmer and Beverly cannot get the turkey in the house, and Iola's stove is much to small. Taking the turkey to the Mr. C's fish restaurant, they decide to hold their own Christmas in summer event. Beverly is so very excited she invites people she randomly met while here in Florida.

This is a story of a tough young girl, emotionally damaged by a father who left when she was seven, and mother who does not care about her, remarkably, Beverly can open her heart and trust the people she meets.

This is a gem of a story, and, like all of DiCamillo's award-winning books, the reader cannot help but route for the people found within.

Highly Recommended. ( )
  Whisper1 | Oct 21, 2022 |
Thoughtful book about discovering what we need and who we are with the help of found family and friends. I like DiCamillo's tone in these books - the way she lets the readers come to conclusions without spelling things out. I look forward to reading more of her work. ( )
  suzannekmoses | May 20, 2022 |
Following the death of Buddy, her beloved dog, 14-year old Beverly Tapinski loses her anchor and leaves home, arriving in a small Florida town, with no grand plan and little in the way of money or food. Beverly is taken in by an elderly woman, who is starved for companionship. She takes a job in a local seafood restaurant busing tables, and makes a friend with a 16-year old boy working in a convenience store when she sees his kindness to others. What Beverly cannot see is her own kindness, which she discovers over the course of her stay. For example, spending much of her pay to buy enough raffle tickets so the elderly woman can win the world's largest turkey in the Christmas in July celebration. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Middle Grade: The end of the trilogy begun in Raymie Nightingale. A solid Kate DiCamillo story, with a girl lost, who finds home in an unlikely place, with unlikely people. As always, I enjoy the depiction of Florida, and the quirky people DiCamillo writes. Worth reading, although only as the end of the trilogy. ( )
  empress8411 | Jun 13, 2021 |
Middle Reader. This completes the Raymie Nightingale trilogy in a beautiful way. It is 1979, Beverly is 14 and definitively leaves home after many previous attempts to get away from her controlling, drinking mother. Her father has been gone for 7 years, with no contact. She hitches a ride with her cousin to another FL town and makes a fresh start thanks to the kindness and trustworthiness of Iola Jenkins. The two rely upon each other: Beverly needs a place to stay and Iola's mobile home is just big enough. Iola needs a driver to get her to and from the VFW for Bingo and for grocery and errand runs. Beverly also gets a job at Mr. C's fish restaurant busing tables and learns about work equity and personality types. Finally, she meets Elmer, a kind boy with bad acne who has been bullied through high school but has resilience and a plan for his future that transcends the way he has been treated to date. Quirky as usual per DiCamillo's formula for community and caring, the characters support each other in a network of respect and responsibility. These are not the "beautiful people" on the outside, but they are the folks who get things done, who form the backbone and the goodness of society. Beverly is tough, street-wise and jaded, but she learns to be vulnerable and to trust and to show her soft side to those who earn the privilege. Raymie and Louisiana are mentioned, but this is Beverly's story to go alone. This trilogy is the next generation's Judy Blume and Beverly Clearly. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
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Beverly has matured some from the 10-year-old she was in the first book, but her disposition is as sharp as ever. Her defenses are up, meaning she’s hard to like. But there’s a responsive, redeemable person under the hard shell.
added by cej1027 | editRedeemed Readiner, Janie ? (Oct 22, 2019)
 

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Revisiting once again the world of Raymie Nightingale, two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo turns her focus to the tough-talking, inescapably tenderhearted Beverly. Beverly put her foot down on the gas. They went faster still.This was what Beverly wanted--what she always wanted. To get away. To get away as fast as she could. To stay away. 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.

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