Louisiana’s Way Home

Kate DiCamillo

Louisiana's Way Home
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Louisiana’s Way Home

Kate DiCamillo

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.

Review

Though Louisiana, our plucky young heroine, appears in Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale, this is a standalone novel and, in my opinion, even better than the first!

Louisiana is woken by her granny in the middle of the night and told it is the day of reckoning and they must flee immediately. She doesn’t at first realise that this time it’s not just one of Granny’s little ways or ideas, but that her whole life, everything she believed to be true, will be turned upside down and gone forever. To whom can a young girl, alone in a strange town, turn? Only to those around her, who may or may not fail her.

Young readers are in the hands of a wise, kind author who will set their imaginations alight and show them a life quite different from their own. What more could one ask? Highly recommended for ages 9+


Kathy Kozlowski has worked in children’s books for almost 50 years, and currently offers recommendations at Readings Kids.

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