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StoryMakers with Kate DiCamillo FERRIS

StoryMakers with Kate DiCamillo FERRIS

Join two-time Newberry Medalist, former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and super-star author Kate DiCamillo for an inside look at her newest middle-grade novel, FERRIS. It’s a zany story full of wild and wacky characters, a ghost, and even an invasion of raccoons — but at the heart of this book are important messages about family and love.

Find out more on this episode of StoryMakers as Rocco and Kate delve into wordplay, have fun with nicknames, and reveal the inspiration behind this playful and profound novel.

Bonus! Rocco and Kate pick pen names! (Also known as a “nom de plume”!)
Viewers: Share your pen name with Rocco and Kate in the COMMENTS SECTION below!
ABOUT THE BOOK

Get ready for a hilarious and achingly real love story about a girl, a ghost, a grandmother, and growing up.

It’s the summer before fifth grade, and for Ferris Wilkey, it is a summer of sheer pandemonium: Her little sister, Pinky, has vowed to become an outlaw. Uncle Ted has left Aunt Shirley and, to Ferris’s mother’s chagrin, is holed up in the Wilkey basement to paint a history of the world. And Charisse, Ferris’s grandmother, has started seeing a ghost at the threshold of her room, which seems like an alarming omen given that she is also feeling unwell. But the ghost is not there to usher Charisse to the Great Beyond. Rather, she has other plans — wild, impractical, illuminating plans. How can Ferris satisfy a specter with Pinky terrorizing the town, Uncle Ted sending Ferris to spy on her aunt, and her father battling an invasion of raccoons?

Check out the Candlewick Teachers’ Guide for FERRIS!

• Read the Reviews •
*DiCamillo’s gift for conveying an entire person and world in a few brushstrokes of storytelling provides depth and quiet magic to this account of an eventful summer … Tenderly resonant and memorable. – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

*Terrifically zany, it certainly is, but it’s also wonderfully grounded in deep familial bonds, a tight-knit community, and the beautiful idea that every relationship is a love story in its own way. The kindly town and its eccentric inhabitants come to life via comical anecdotes and gorgeous descriptions, and it all sets the stage for some truly transcendent moments that will leave readers in a state of wonder, no matter their age. It’s a spectacularly silly and perfectly sincere exploration of what it means to stay tenderhearted in a sometimes challenging world … It’s a DiCamillo!
That alone should get patrons lining up for this one. – Booklist, starred review

ABOUT Kate DiCamillo


I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, raised in Clermont, Florida, and currently live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I write for both children and adults and I like to think of myself as a storyteller.
Here are a few more facts about me: I am short. And loud. I hate to cook and love to eat. I am single and childless, but I have lots of friends and I am an aunt to three lovely children (Luke, Roxanne, and Max) and one lovable dog (Ramona).
I think of myself as an enormously lucky person: I get to tell stories for a living.

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