Kate DiCamillo on a girl, a squirrel and a vacuum

March 18, 2015 12:08 PM

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Newbery Medal-winning author Kate DiCamillo vividly recalls her second-grade teacher, Mrs. Boyette, reading Scott O'Dell's "Island of the Blue Dolphins" to her class at Florida's Clermont Elementary School in the early 1970s.

"For me, it was like experiencing a physical kind of light," DiCamillo, now 50, says over the phone from her home in Minnesota. "I could feel that story in my body."

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