This moving story about a runaway teen and a quirky cast of her newfound friends is a fitting conclusion to Kate DiCamillo's trilogy about best friends in 1970s Florida. Beverly, Right Here shows how Beverly Tapinski, now 14, has always had to look out for herself, leaves home when her dog dies, and builds a new life a seaside town. She soon lands a job, finds a place to live, and gains some kind friends who look out for her and one another. But everyone's got troubles -- a broken family, abuse by a bully, a sad sense of loss as loved ones die. Whether driving an old lady named lola to bingo in an ancient car, messing with the local bully, or reminiscing about how she used to steal from her drunk mom's sleazy boyfriends, Beverly's a force to be reckoned with -- tough, vulnerable, with a strong sense of right and wrong.
"Beverly could think of all kinds of reasons not to trust.
"People leave -- that was one of the reasons.
"People pretended to care, but they don't, really -- that was another one.
"Dogs die, and your friends help you to put them in the ground.
"That was a big one, right there.
"'You can stay with me,' said Iola. She reached over and patted Beverly's arm. 'We will help each other out. We'll trust each other.'"