The author is Kate DiCamillo. The plot of this story is that there are three girls who enter a contest two want to win and one wants to sabotage it. but when they all come together they end up helping each other.
The genre is realistic fiction
I CAN'T SWIM
Raymie Clark is one of the main characters and she is curious and very courageous.
The second main character is Louisiana Elefante she is always happy and outgoing even when everyone else is down she always cheers them up.
the third and last main character is beverly tapanski. She is not that bright of a person she is sort of mean and not encouraging towards a lot of ideas that could be usefull