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Beverly, Right Here

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Compelling tale of runaway teen and her quirky new friends.

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A major work from a major author, this book follows storylines and characters found in 'Raymie Nightengale.' It is classic DiCamillo, featuring the coming together of unlikely characters and addressing the idea of family being something vital to a healthy human existence, though not something limited to our blood lines and last names. DiCamillo poses some big questions in the simplest of ways and allows characters and readers to pull the most desirable and obvious answer: be kind and patient with each other. Beverly Trapinski has buried her beloved dog. One of her three friends has suddenly moved away without a goodbye. Her father is long gone and her mother does not seem interested in what Beverly does. It is August, 1979 and it seems that the only thing for Beverly to do is leave town. At age 14, she finds herself in a new town with a job clearing tables, but she knows this is not enough. If she can only open her heart a little, she will find that the small town is full of people who need a little more in their lives too.

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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.'"

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