Berverly.png“Just because you can’t stand to think about something doesn’t mean it ain’t happening, that it ain’t true. People wait on other people. People rely on other people.”

Two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo introduced readers to Raymie Nightingale, Louisiana Elefante and Beverly Tapinski in Raymie Nightingale, set in 1975, when the girls were just ten-years-old and competing to win the title of ‘Miss Central Florida Tire 1975.’ The ‘Three Rancheros,’ as Louisiana dubbed them, formed an inseparable bond; one of those pure friendships that you just know will stand the test of time and whatever life throws at it. This was evidenced in Louisiana’s Way Home, when twelve-year-old Louisiana was whisked away from her friends by her grandmother, and inadvertently cast on a journey of self-discovery; but through it all, her friends never strayed far from her mind.

Now we have Beverly, Right Here; the final book in ‘Three Rancheros’ trilogy (I am holding back tears as I write those words), set in August 1979, when fourteen-year-old Beverly Tapinski decides it’s finally time to leave home — not just ‘run away’, because she has done that plenty of times before; but actually abandon the life she knows, permanently — and takes to the road, landing a job at Mr. C’s fish restaurant, and finding a new home at the Seaside Court with Iola Jenkins, and new friends in Elmer from the local convenience store, Zoom City.

This is a story about belonging; about finding a community that opens its doors to you, and having the courage to accept its warmth and reciprocate. Beverly is not as immediately endearing as Raymie and Louisana; but then, she is older, more weary of the world, having relinquished the rose-coloured glasses of childhood. The joy of Beverly, Right Here is witnessing its protagonist’s emotional barriers gradually chip away through the kindness of strangers, who become friends, then family.

ISBN: 9781406391633
Imprint: Walker
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: September 24, 2019
Dimensions: 140 x 197mm, 256pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $19.99
New Zealand RRP: $22.99

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