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Louisiana's Way Home - Kate DiCamillo

Louisiana's Way Home

Paperback Published: 1st June 2019
ISBN: 9781406385588
Number Of Pages: 224
For Ages: 9+ years old

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Follow-up to the New York Times Bestselling Raymie Nightingale, from an internationally revered author, twice winner of the Newbery Medal.

When Louisiana Elefante’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 immediately, Louisiana isn’t overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return.

Separated from best friends Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. But as Louisiana’s life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of the small Georgia town in which they find themselves – including a surly motel owner, a walrus-like minister and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder – she starts to worry that she is destined only for goodbyes. (Which could be due to the curse on Louisiana's and Granny’s heads. But that is a story for another time.)

Called “one of DiCamillo’s most singular and arresting creations” by The New York Times Book Review, the heartbreakingly irresistible Louisiana Elefante was introduced to readers in Raymie Nightingale – and now, with humour and tenderness, Kate DiCamillo returns to tell her story.

Book Features:

  • The eighth major novel from America's most beloved storyteller, twice winner of the Newbery Medal and former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.
  • Kate DiCamillo revisits the world of Raymie Nightingale with the story of Louisiana Elefante, whom the New York Times Book Review called "one of DiCamillo's most singular and arresting creations" who "delights on every page".
  • The Tale of Despereaux won the Newbery Medal and was made into a major motion picture. Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures won the Newbery Medal and was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

Industry Reviews

"Thoughtful, compassionate, elegant and simply beautiful; you will never forget Louisiana's Way Home. An instant classic!"
Fallen Star Stories

"DiCamillo's writing is like a constant blanket of loveliness and safety."
John O'Groat Journal

"This is a beautifully written story - funny and moving - exploring some tough perceptions about the adult world and coming to terms with shortcomings and strengths. The simple text and short chapters will make this easily accessible to the young reader but there is a keenness of thought and sharp insights into life that make it appropriate for the older reader too."
The School Librarian

ISBN: 9781406385588
ISBN-10: 1406385581
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st June 2019
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.1  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.21

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Kate DiCamillo

About the Author


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 not so lovely dog (Henry).

I think of myself as an enormously lucky person: I get to tell stories for a living.

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