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Louisiana's Way Home - Kate DiCamillo

Hardcover Published: 2nd October 2018
ISBN: 9781406387544
Number Of Pages: 240
For Ages: 9+ years old

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From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo comes a story of discovering who you are — and deciding who you want to be.

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 her 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 a small Georgia town — 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 good-byes. (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 humor and tenderness, Kate DiCamillo returns to tell her story.

Book features :

  • The eighth major novel from America's Beloved Storyteller, two-time Newbery winner Kate DiCamillo.
  • For the first time, Kate DiCamillo returns to the world of a previous novel, revisiting 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."
  • For the first time since her debut, the eternally popular Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo has written a novel in the first person, bringing readers right into Louisiana's world.

So Many Wonderful Characters!


When Louisiana's Granny wakes her at 3am, bundles her in the car and starts driving, Louisiana assumes this is just another one of Granny's "middle-of-the-night ideas". But this time Granny keeps driving and Louisiana wonders if she'll ever see Raymie and Beverly (her two best friends), Archie the King of the Cats or one eyed dog Buddy again. Louisiana's story should be devastating and believe me when I tell you that parts of it are (have tissues on hand), but Louisiana's perseverance, determination and courage transforms her story into one of hope. My main niggle was that while Louisiana did express sadness, anger and confusion about her circumstances, the extent of those very understandable feelings appeared to be glossed over on occasion in the rush to find the positive. This is Louisiana's second appearance in a Kate DiCamillo book but the first of Kate's books I've read. While I could easily jump straight into reading 'Louisiana's Way Home' without having already read 'Raymie Nightingale' I want to get to know Raymie and Beverly. I'm keen to find out what Louisiana was up to two years ago and am very interested in learning more about Louisiana's relationship with her Granny. Louisiana is simply adorable and I was equally fond of many of the people she meets along the way. I also appreciated the roles the cantankerous characters played and I loved that the author was able to bring all of the characters to life, even those we only meet briefly. I want to tell you all about the different characters that I fell in love with but I don't want to spoil anything for you so instead will encourage you to discover them all for yourself. Louisiana's story is ultimately one of family, friendship and deciding who you want to be. This young girl is going to find her way into the hearts of so many readers, children and adults alike. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for the opportunity to read this book.



Louisiana's Way Home

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ISBN: 9781406387544
ISBN-10: 1406387541
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 2nd October 2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 15.0  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.35

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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