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Kate DiCamillo is the former US National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and the author of many beloved books for young readers including Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux, which both received a Newbery Medal. She is also the author of Because of Winn-Dixie, which received a Newbery Honor; and the bestselling Mercy Watson series. Her most recent release, Raymie Nightingale, was an instant #1 best-seller.