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Kate DiCamillo

Biography

Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo is the author of THE MAGICIAN'S ELEPHANT, a New York Times bestseller; THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, which was awarded the Newbery Medal; BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, a Newbery Honor book; and six books starring Mercy Watson, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book MERCY WATSON GOES FOR A RIDE. FLORA & ULYSSES: The Illuminated Adventures won the 2014 ALA John Newbery Medal. Kate DiCamillo lives in Minneapolis.

Kate DiCamillo

Books by Kate DiCamillo

by Kate DiCamillo - Children's 10+, Family, Historical Fiction

When Louisiana's granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home, Louisiana isn’t overly worried. Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, Granny intends never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to find a way home. But as Louisiana’s life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of a small Georgia town, she starts to worry that she is destined only for good-byes, which could be due to the curse on Louisiana's and Granny’s heads. But that is a story for another time.
 

Written by Kate DiCamillo with illustrations by Chris Van Dusen - Children's 6-9, Family, Family Life, Fiction
Eugenia Lincoln is a practical person with no time for gee-gaws, whoop-de-whoops, or frivolity. When an unexpected package containing an accordion arrives at her house, she is determined to have nothing to do with it. But her plans to sell the accordion, destroy the accordion, and give the accordion away all end in frustration. How can Eugenia stop being tormented by this troublesome package? Might she discover that a bit of unforeseen frivolity could be surprisingly...joyous?
by Kate DiCamillo - Children's 10-12, Family Life, Friendship, Historical Fiction

Raymie thinks if she can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie's picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show-business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who’s determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, the three girls are drawn into an unlikely friendship --- and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.

written by Kate DiCamillo with illustrations by K.G. Campbell - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Humor

It begins with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight and misspelled poetry --- and that Flora will be changed too.

Written by Kate DiCamillo with illustrations by Chris Van Dusen - Children's, Children's 6-9, Family, Family Life

Baby Lincoln’s older sister, Eugenia, is very fond of telling Baby what to do, and Baby usually responds by saying “Yes, Sister.” But one day Baby decides to depart on a Necessary Journey, even though she doesn’t know where she’s headed or what to do. Will her impulsive adventure take her away from Eugenia for good?

written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen - Children's, Fiction, Humor

Francine Poulet is the greatest animal control officer in Gizzford County. She hails from a long line of Animal Control Officers. She’s battled snakes, outwitted squirrels and stared down a bear. She is never scared --- until, that is, she’s faced with a screaming raccoon that may or may not be a ghost. Maybe Francine isn’t cut out to be an animal control officer after all! But the raccoon is still on the loose, and the folks on Deckawoo Drive need Francine back.

written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile

Whether exploring the wonders of the state fair, attempting to set a world record, or just relaxing with some pancakes and peanut butter, Bink and Gollie are irresistibly witty, imaginative, and adventurous — just the sort of friends young readers love. Now, in a boxed set, kids can savor all of their outrageously funny escapades, created by the brilliant pairing of authors Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee with illustrator Tony Fucile.

Written by Kate DiCamillo with illustrations by Chris Van Dusen - Children's, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Leroy Ninker has a hat, a lasso, and boots. What he doesn’t have is a horse --- until he meets Maybelline, that is, and then it’s love at first sight. But when Leroy forgets the third and final rule of caring for Maybelline, disaster ensues. Can Leroy wrestle fate to the ground, rescue the horse of his heart, and lasso loneliness for good? Join Leroy, Maybelline, and a cast of familiar characters --- Stella, Frank, Mrs. Watson, and everyone’s favorite porcine wonder, Mercy --- for some hilarious and heartfelt horsing around on Deckawoo Drive.

written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile - Children's, Fiction, Friendship

Gollie is quite sure she has royal blood in her veins, but can Bink survive her friend’s queenly airs --- especially if pancakes are not part of the deal? Bink wonders what it would be like to be as tall as her friend, but how far will she stretch her luck to find out? And when Bink and Gollie long to get their picture into a book of record holders, where will they find the kudos they seek?

written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile - Children's, Fiction, Friendship, Humor

Best friends Bink and Gollie continue their adventures together in yet another hilarious and touching collection of stories. This time, the dynamic duo attend the state fair where Bink hopes to attain the prize in the Whack-a-Duck game, Gollie yearns to dazzle at the talent show, and the two seek their destiny in the fortune teller's tent.

written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Yoko Tanaka - Children's, Children's 8-12, Family Life, Fiction

When a fortuneteller's tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The fortuneteller's mysterious answer (an elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that you will hardly dare to believe it’s true.

written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile - Children's, Fiction, Friendship

Meet Bink and Gollie, two precocious little girls --- one tiny, one tall, and both utterly irrepressible. Setting out from their super-deluxe tree house and powered by plenty of peanut butter (for Bink) and pancakes (for Gollie), they share three comical adventures involving painfully bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion. 

written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen - Children's, Fiction

Some may find it wonky to take a pig to the drive-in. But not the Watsons, who think the movie’s title, When Pigs Fly, is inspirational. And not their beloved Mercy, who is inspired by the scent of real butter from the theater’s Bottomless Buckets of popcorn. As they pull up in their convertible, Mercy lifts up her snout and becomes a pig on a mission, leading a delirious chase that’s trailed by hapless rescuers reunited from Mercy’s earlier adventures.

written by Kate DiCamillo with illustrations by Chris Van Dusen - Children's, Fiction

Eugenia and Baby Lincoln may live next door to a pig, but that doesn’t stop them from living a gracious life. And the amiable Mercy Watson is equally determined to follow the delightful scent (and delicious taste) of the pansies her thoughtful neighbors are planting to beautify their yard. "Where have all the flowers gone?" shouts Eugenia, who is finally ready to take extreme measures --- and dial Animal Control! Has Mercy’s swine song come at last? Or will her well-pampered instincts keep her in buttered toast?

written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen - Children's, Fiction

When the Watsons decide to zip their porcine wonder into a formfitting princess dress for Halloween --- complete with tiara --- they are certain that Mercy will be beautiful beyond compare. Mercy is equally certain she likes the sound of trick-or-treating and can picture piles of buttered toast already. As for the Lincoln sisters next door, how could they know that their cat would lead them all on a Halloween “parade” of hysterical proportions?

written by Kate DiCamillo with illustrations by Chris Van Dusen - Children's, Fiction

Leroy Ninker is a small man with a big dream: he wants to be a cowboy, but for now he’s just a thief. In fact, Leroy is robbing the Watsons’ kitchen right this minute! But little does he know that a certain pig who loves toast with a great deal of butter is stirring from sleep. Even less could he guess that a comedy of errors will soon lead this little man on the wild and raucous rodeo ride he’s always dreamed of!

written by Kate DiCamillo with illustrations by Chris Van Dusen - Children's, Fiction

Mercy loves nothing more than a ride in the convertible, with the wind tickling her ears and the sun on her snout. But one day the Watsons’ elderly neighbor Baby Lincoln pops up in the backseat in hopes of some “folly and adventure” --- and in the chaos that ensues, an exuberant Mercy ends up behind the wheel!

by Kate DiCamillo

Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle and, ultimately, into each other's lives.

written by Kate DiCamillo with illustrations by Chris Van Dusen - Children's, Children's 7-9, Christian Fiction

To Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig --- she’s a porcine wonder. And to the good-natured Mercy, the Watsons are an excellent source of buttered toast, not to mention that buttery-toasty feeling she gets when she snuggles into bed with them. This is not, however, so good for the Watsons’ bed.