Louisiana's Way Home by DiCamillo, Kate

Louisiana's Way Home

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As featured on The Today Show's Read with Jenna Jr. Book Club

From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo comes the New York Times bestselling 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.

Author: Kate DiCamillo
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: 10/02/2018
Pages: 240
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.80lbs
Size: 7.80h x 5.70w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9780763694630
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.5
Point Value: 5
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 198417 / Louisiana's Way Home

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 07/01/2018 pg. 56
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2018 pg. 101
Publishers Weekly 08/13/2018
Horn Book Magazine 09/01/2018 pg. 80
School Library Journal 09/01/2018 pg. 104
Foreword 08/26/2018
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 10/01/2018 - Book Of Special Distinction
BookPage 10/01/2018
Shelf Awareness 11/16/2018
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2019 - Outstanding, Noteworthy In Style

About the Author
Kate DiCamillo is one of America's most beloved storytellers. She is a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and a two-time winner of the Newbery Medal, for The Tale of Despereaux and Flora & Ulysses. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.