Louisiana's Way Home
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.

Louisiana's Way Home Details

TitleLouisiana's Way Home
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherCandlewick Press (MA)
ISBN-139780763694630
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Fiction, Family

Louisiana's Way Home Review

  • Ilse
    January 1, 1970
    Perhaps what matters when all is said and done is not who puts us down but who picks us up.Looking for reading fodder that could enthuse the sprouts some years ago, a friend who has a keen eye for children’s literature pointed me to Kate DiCamillo’s The Magician's Elephant a wonderful poetic, imaginative and magical fable on hope, loss and love. My friend’s suggestion proved to hit the mark, as both my son and daughter, reluctant and nit-picking readers, thoroughly enjoyed DiCamillo’s tale, so w Perhaps what matters when all is said and done is not who puts us down but who picks us up.Looking for reading fodder that could enthuse the sprouts some years ago, a friend who has a keen eye for children’s literature pointed me to Kate DiCamillo’s The Magician's Elephant a wonderful poetic, imaginative and magical fable on hope, loss and love. My friend’s suggestion proved to hit the mark, as both my son and daughter, reluctant and nit-picking readers, thoroughly enjoyed DiCamillo’s tale, so when I discovered another novel by her will be published in October – and both a magician and in a way elephants feature in it – I couldn’t resist trying it. The story is told by ten year old Louisiana Elefante – a character from DiCamillo’s previous novel Raymie Nightingale. She overnight has to leave her home and friends because her only relative, her eccentric grandmother, decides to run off as if the devil himself is after her. Since the death of Louisiana’s parents, the famous trapeze artists the Flying Elefantes, granny has been the one who takes care of Louisiana from infancy. Penniless and haunted by a mysterious curse, getting stuck in a motel in a little town in Georgia, the road movie-like journey will turn out transformative and will learn Louisiana a few lessons on identity and how to brace herself when truths will come to find her. (Illustration by Jung-Eun Park)Evoking a whole range of emotions in a tender but not saccharine way, DiCamillo cleverly leaves a lot of things unsaid and so open to the imagination of the reader – for instance what happens to granny and why the old woman acts like she did and does. She creates some wonderful opportunities to discuss the storyline with children – the telling title shaping the theme what home means to us. In some situations you can revel in the comfort and joy of having someone around baking a cake, even if you cannot eat it. Louisiana’s Way Home is a children’s novel that is gracefully told, well-composed, humorous and engrossing thanks to the memorable character of the delightfully ‘wily and resilient’ Louisiana Elefante. In thematising how one can find a home, a place in the world and get connected to people who care for you and who you care for despite human flaws which cause one another pain and worries, the tone and worldview speaking from the tale, in a sense is uplifting – ‘Because that is what it means to be alive on this infinitesimally spinning planet. It means you have cares’. DiCamillo finely colours Louisiana’s life story of fantasy with that touch of true life sorrow and heartbreak she seems to consider essential in a good children’s book - a point of view I am inclined to concur with thinking of some other books which made a lasting impression on my children (Boris, Charlotte's Web). Though they are a little older now, and this book as well as The Magician's Elephant is for age ten and up, I wouldn’t be surprised Kate DiCamillo’s moving new novel on friendship, family and forgiveness would suit their palate like it did mine. And even if one like Louisiana would frown sceptically at the walrus-faced Reverend Obertask’s woolly words, ‘I do think that, more often than not, love has a way of finding us’, aren’t that words one at times would like to believe in? Many thanks to NetGalley, the editor and the author for giving me the chance to read an advanced copy of this delightful novel.
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  • Mischenko
    January 1, 1970
    The story opens with the narrator, Louisiana, who’s abruptly awakened by her granny at 3am. At first she doesn’t think much of it.“I thought I was caught up in some middle-of-the-night idea of Granny’s and that when the sun came up, she would think better of the whole thing.This has happened before.Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas.”Once she realizes that they are about to enter Georgia, she asks Granny when they’ll be turning around to go back home. Granny simply tells her that they won The story opens with the narrator, Louisiana, who’s abruptly awakened by her granny at 3am. At first she doesn’t think much of it.“I thought I was caught up in some middle-of-the-night idea of Granny’s and that when the sun came up, she would think better of the whole thing.This has happened before.Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas.”Once she realizes that they are about to enter Georgia, she asks Granny when they’ll be turning around to go back home. Granny simply tells her that they won’t be going home and that the time for turning around has ended.“Because the hour of reckoning has arrived,” said Granny in a very serious voice, “and the curse at last must be confronted.”Louisiana is aware that there’s a curse on her head–a family curse that’s been passed down from generation to generation, even though she doesn’t completely understand it. Even with this quite adventurous road trip, Louisiana is angry. She wants to go back home to her friends in Florida and find out where her cat Archie is. In the days that follow, Louisiana will learn many things about herself that she never knew. Her future becomes uncertain as she begins to question her existence. She’ll have to figure out how to find herself again and face some important decisions with difficulty.This book was really interesting in the beginning and we were enjoying it, but parts of it seemed a little humdrum in between when there wasn’t much going on. The premise is good and the writing great, but it was roughly half way through that it really grabbed our attention. We had no idea what was going to happen and wondered what the end would be like. It was very surprising.I’ll say that between the three of us reading the book, we all had different feelings: My daughter didn’t love it, my son absolutely loved it, and I simply liked it. I think for my younger daughter it was because she wasn’t picking up on some of the more complex topics and themes and we had to discuss these because the recommended reading age for this book is ten and up. It was still my turn to read at the end of the book and I couldn’t even finish the last four paragraphs or so. My daughter had to read it while my son and I cried our eyes out. It was at that point that all the emotions came together. What a story.With themes of friendship, family, love and forgiveness, this book made me think about my dad who was in a very similar situation as a teen. In his case, this was something that he never got over. I think there are many children out there that could use some support and will benefit from reading Louisiana’s story.We haven’t read Raymie Nightingale yet and I noticed in the blurb that it’s this book where Louisiana is first introduced. I sort of wish we would’ve started with that one first because I believe it’s possible that Louisiana plays a large role in it, but we’ll be reading that one soon–right after The Tale of Despereaux.4****You can also see this [email protected] https://readrantrockandroll.com/2018/...
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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    This was my seventh book from this author, and seven must really be a lucky number, because this was the book I needed in my life this week. I haven’t had the best of weeks. Actually, it was pretty terrible. I was basically rejected by someone and it felt awful. I don’t know why I say ‘‘basically’’ since that’s exactly what happened and I don’t feel like I’ll be able to remain friends with that person since we didn’t have a strong bond to begin with even though we had really fun conversations th This was my seventh book from this author, and seven must really be a lucky number, because this was the book I needed in my life this week. I haven’t had the best of weeks. Actually, it was pretty terrible. I was basically rejected by someone and it felt awful. I don’t know why I say ‘‘basically’’ since that’s exactly what happened and I don’t feel like I’ll be able to remain friends with that person since we didn’t have a strong bond to begin with even though we had really fun conversations that made me care a lot. So it may seem crazy that this was the book I needed in my life, seeing that Louisiana experiences rejection too, although not the same sort, but the message is so positive it reminded me that getting attached to a person and then feeling like you’ve lost them forever does hurt, yes, but it won’t hurt eternally because there will always be more people to care about and that will care about you the way you need them too. This book opened my eyes on the fact that I am someone who gets attached very quickly. Because of that, I TRY not to care too much about certain people, otherwise I’ll just be disappointed when they don’t feel the same way about me. But maybe, like Louisiana, I should make people EARN my attachment and not give it so freely. So, yes, this book will remain in my memories as the book that made my lungs breathe easier at a time where it felt like every intake of breath cost something. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    Because of Winn-Dixie is a favorite book of mine. It makes me nostalgic just to think of it. To read another book by Kate DiCamillo? Pure bliss. One day Louisiana’s grandmother wakes her in the middle of the night to tell her they have to move immediately. Not only are they moving, they will never return. This is too much for Louisiana, and she tries with all her might to find her way home again. She meets many eccentric and lovable characters along her travels, and through them, has many life l Because of Winn-Dixie is a favorite book of mine. It makes me nostalgic just to think of it. To read another book by Kate DiCamillo? Pure bliss. One day Louisiana’s grandmother wakes her in the middle of the night to tell her they have to move immediately. Not only are they moving, they will never return. This is too much for Louisiana, and she tries with all her might to find her way home again. She meets many eccentric and lovable characters along her travels, and through them, has many life lessons as well. Goodbyes are hard for everyone, but especially for children as they work their ways through the different emotions. I plan to share this book with some children who could benefit from Louisiana’s story (which is just about every child, really). Kate DiCamillo writes with her whole heart, and it’s no wonder she is worthy of multiple Newbery honors. Thank you to Candlewick Press for the complimentary ARC to review. All opinions are my own. My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Expected publication October 2018 You have to make small plans. That is one of the things I have discovered in this world. It is pointless to make big plans because you never know when someone is going to wake you up in the middle of the night and say The day of reckoning has arrived. This first person narrative introduces readers to twelve year old Louisiana Elefante, whom, when the story opens appears to be at the mercy of her grandmother as the two are leaving home in the middle of night an Expected publication October 2018 You have to make small plans. That is one of the things I have discovered in this world. It is pointless to make big plans because you never know when someone is going to wake you up in the middle of the night and say The day of reckoning has arrived. This first person narrative introduces readers to twelve year old Louisiana Elefante, whom, when the story opens appears to be at the mercy of her grandmother as the two are leaving home in the middle of night and crossing the Florida/Georgia state line. This book is Louisiana's way of getting everything that happened out in the open. Many, many, crazy adventures will ensue and it is key to just roll with the tide and appreciate the story as Grandma prepares Louisiana for what she refers to as the "reckoning." Louisiana, has such an endearing and percoucious quality that only can be found in children's literature and made me instantly fall in love with her as soon as she began to speak. I also felt a burning desire to laugh( and loudly), which I felt myself doing quite a lot of during my late afternoon read. Unfortunately, this type of behaviour basically earned my neighbour his right to bang loudly on our shared wall because I was obviously committing the crime of interfering with his megathon of video gaming. Now, if you recall, in my first paragraph, I had warned future readers that a lot of crazy adventures are going to happen and that this is a children's book ,or if you like, a middle grade novel. So, all you moms and dads and grandparents and legal guardians and babysitters who will read this in the future, your adult brains are going to say " Yeah... this is fairly silly and implausible". Don't listen to that voice! Be ready to jump aboard, grab a bologna sandwich or an endless supply of caramels, find a nice crow named Clarence, commune with an alligator, find a dentist, and snuggle in for a fantastically funny adventure. If you're still a little suspicious, it's okay because that just means you're just like almost all of the adults( although some grown-ups do have good sense- thank goodness!) in the story,worried that something untoward is going to happen. My first Kate DiCamillo read( yes, it truly is my first) was a heartfelt tale about a young girl learning to forgive and finding out who she wants to be. A beautiful golden story that walks away with the coveted 5 star rating. Thanks to NetGalley for a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Joe
    January 1, 1970
    A friend and I were discussing Raymie Nightingale and Louisiana's Way Home, and she mentioned that some adults feel discomfort with DiCamillo's books because often the children in them have no safety net. I chewed on this observation all morning, and having finished the book during lunch, I've come to a conclusion: Kate DiCamillo doesn't write fantasy or realistic fiction or historical fiction or magical realism. She writes modern day fairy tales. Sometimes with animals (Despereaux, Tulane), but A friend and I were discussing Raymie Nightingale and Louisiana's Way Home, and she mentioned that some adults feel discomfort with DiCamillo's books because often the children in them have no safety net. I chewed on this observation all morning, and having finished the book during lunch, I've come to a conclusion: Kate DiCamillo doesn't write fantasy or realistic fiction or historical fiction or magical realism. She writes modern day fairy tales. Sometimes with animals (Despereaux, Tulane), but more recently with humans ( Flora , Raymie, and now Louisiana).By and large, the children of fairy tales are not safe. They are forced to navigate a world that is cruel, and they must become their own agents of change. Occasionally these children will encounter someone or something that shows them kindness, but ultimately they must make crucial decisions on which their entire fate hinges. Through the eyes of an adult, this is terrifying. Through the eyes of a child, this is empowering.What happens to Louisiana in this book may seem utterly ridiculous (the dentist! the crow! the motel owner! the peanuts! the organ player! the reverend!), but the events in this book would easily overlay any Grimm tale. Take "The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs" - an episodic adventure into the depths of hell that plays with character tropes, risk, and - gasp! - no safety net. Louisiana is similarly in the depths of her own hell: nothing is quite as it seems and she is battling her way out of confusion and despair. DiCamillo has stripped the magic of fairy tales away and instead plays with the familiar pieces in a contemporary setting. This is a magic-less but fanciful contemporary fairy tale. DiCamillo's forte. But what of the child's safety in Louisiana's Way Home?Well, like with most fairy tales - even if there is suffering and sorrow and harm and horror that precedes it - we know the ending will be happy. There's your safety net.
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  • Betsy
    January 1, 1970
    There once was a book called Raymie Nightingale. Not a big flashy book with glitter on the cover and fonts that look like escaped balloon animals. Just a quiet book set in the late 1970s in Florida, patiently following various characters. Not a plot forward book, that one, though there was an interesting through line involving a cat. I liked Raymie Nightingale but I did have one small problem with it. While the character of Raymie was well drawn and nuanced, I wasn’t ever all that interested in There once was a book called Raymie Nightingale. Not a big flashy book with glitter on the cover and fonts that look like escaped balloon animals. Just a quiet book set in the late 1970s in Florida, patiently following various characters. Not a plot forward book, that one, though there was an interesting through line involving a cat. I liked Raymie Nightingale but I did have one small problem with it. While the character of Raymie was well drawn and nuanced, I wasn’t ever all that interested in her. You can slap someone’s name into the title all you want, but if that person has a friend like Louisiana Elefante waiting in the wings with a Granny that defies simple logic, your readers will naturally going to want to know about that person a bit more. Enter Louisiana’s Way Home. Rather than make her job easy for herself and simply place Louisiana in the company of pre-established characters, DiCamillo ups and moves the girl and her Granny to a Georgia motel, sans teeth (for one character, anyway). This means new characters. New settings. New plots. New problems. And, most important of all, new revelations. I liked Raymie Nightingale okay. I really really like Louisiana’s Way Home, a slim, handsome novel about grace.When last we saw our heroine, Louisiana Elefante, surviving daughter of the Flying Elefantes, is in a car with her Granny leaving the state of Florida hell-for-leather with a curse floating over her head. Not that Granny tells Louisiana where they're going when she packs the two of them away. For reasons known only to Granny they are Georgia bound, but plans are put a bit on hold when it turns out that the older woman needs to have all her teeth pulled and in a hurry. While her guardian recuperates, Louisiana gets to know the Good Night Sleep Tight Motel, the boy and his crow who hang near it, a stuffed alligator, an organist, a motel owner, and a minister. She arranges to sing to pay the bill for their stay and it might all have gone well had Granny not dropped the bombshell to beat all bombshells. Now Louisiana is more alone than she has ever been in her entire life and without a playbook to figure out what to do next. Happily, when your entire playbook has been wiped off the map, it can be the perfect time to start over entirely from scratch. Curse free.I remember after reading Raymie Nightingale finding it an incredibly sad affair. Sad as a solitary sinkhole. Diving into its companion novel, I wondered if Louisiana’s Way Home was going to up the serotonin levels any, instead finding it sad in its own way. Yet where I’d been weighted down by Raymie, here I didn’t feel encumbered at all. I suppose this is because in this book DiCamillo never overwhelms the reader with more than they can handle. She essentially excels is in driving you to the precipice of childhood understanding. Her characters gaze down into that void of adult concerns that aren’t suppose to touch children (and do) and you stand there, toes gripping the edge, right alongside them. There’s single reason that explains why DiCamillo is as wildly popular as she is, but if I were to harbor a guess at one of the reasons I'd say it would have to be that she speaks their language and often treats their emotions with respect. It’s part of what makes considering her books as an adult so hard. I’m seeing what the child characters can’t see because of my age, and that’s blocking me from seeing the book as a kid would. That's usually the problem with reviewing books for kids, but in this case of this particular author I think it's even more difficult.Sometimes in DiCamillo’s writing she’ll flit around the edges of magical realism without ever really falling in. About half a year ago I was listening to a critique of the Oscar Award winning film The Shape of Water on one of my favorite podcasts. In the midst of the discussion, one of the podcast hosts mentioned that what makes critiquing the film so difficult is the fact that it’s a fable. Therefore, any skepticism leveled at seeming plot holes is leveled by the simple declaration that “it’s a fable”. Now Louisiana’s Way Home is not a fable, but it may house some of the same bones. When I read the book it’s like I’m both seeing the scenes as they happen, and seeing them through a fog. I think that fog is my way of getting through Louisiana’s perceptions. It's not something I remember feeling when I read her other books, but it definitely doesn't detract from the reading experience.In spite of the fact that this story is a companion novel, the book bears more similarities to one of her earlier works than Raymie Nightingale. Reading this story, I thought most of The Tiger Rising. I always knew that Florida was practically its own character in DiCamillo’s books, but I never realized that motels held almost equal sway. In this book the motel in question is the Good Night Sleep Tight. Once you’ve gotten past the black and red squares of shag (there’s some part of my soul cringing into a little rocking ball as I write that) and the stuffed alligator, it’s all about the woman behind the counter. Louisiana has spent time in many motels, and has vast motel-related experience. One gets the feeling that DiCamillo loves motels for what they can do for a story, but finds them harrowing places. They never seem to be run by anyone all that nice.In an interview once, the cartoon creator Rebecca Sugar was asked if she believed that all people are redeemable. Speaking very carefully she referred back to her show Steven Universe, saying that she believed that no character on the show is beyond redemption. I bring this up because like Sugar, DiCamillo likes a little complexity with her baddies. And by “baddies” I don’t mean villains. She’s not averse to making a mustache twirling rotter from time to time, but on the whole she’s much more interested in people like Bernice, the motel owner. Folks who peer at the world through an us vs. them mentality and take pride in their abilities to withstand pity, sympathy, or compassion. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that Bernice doesn’t get redeemed by the end of this story, nor in all likelihood will she after the story's done. But this is only because DiCamillo isn’t asking you to forgive Bernice here. It’s Granny who’s failed Louisiana the most. It’s Granny who needs that forgiveness. Granny is the most frustrating character in the book in many ways. She just steadfastly refuses to slot neatly into a category. An adult reading this book would note pretty early on that it’s clear that Granny has been mentally ill for quite a while, but she is still the authority to be reckoned with here. There are times when she is mind-bendingly irresponsible, and times when she shows real care. Her confession to Louisiana is a game changer, but also makes her oddly sympathetic. Then again, she abandons someone who trusts her. She’s a great character. Heck, this thing is just rife with good characters. The minister is honest and unhelpful and helpful all at once. The Burke Allens act like they've stepped out of a play by Godot, saying the same things repeatedly but meaning something different each time. And then there’s Louisiana’s friend Burke himself. You might eye that supremely helpful crow boy and try to say that he’s a manic pixie dream character, but it isn’t true. Burke may help Louisiana a lot, but that’s because he’s an honestly nice guy. He is, as Louisiana herself says, “the kind of person who, if you asked him for one of something, gave you two instead.” So you can’t imagine my relief when I realized that he had his own life and his own problems to deal with. I mean, the kid keeps skipping school. That’s a problem. A good problem for a character with a good heart to have. The riddle of this book for some will be whether or not it stands on its own. Do you need to know all the characters and plot twists in Raymie Nightingale to make sense of this book? Nope. I might not be the best person to judge since I’ve read it, but that was a long time ago and I have a creaky little brain that has difficulty remembering the names of my own children half the time, let alone books for kids I read years ago. That said, Raymie and friends are always on the edges of the narrative, threatening to plunge in like this book is a sinkhole and they’re deux ex machina-ing their way into it. Happily, DiCamillo keeps them at bay. I could have done without Louisiana thinking about them quite so much, but to be fair if she hadn’t then the ending of the book would have felt a bit random. So maybe we should say that you don’t have to have read Raymie Nightingale but if haven’t then you may have the nagging sense that there’s a piece to this puzzle that’s missing.Early in this review I said this book is about grace. I don’t think that’s wrong. Broken down to its most essential elements, Louisiana is abandoned by someone she trusts, tries to work things out on her own, consults with a minister, and chooses forgiveness by the tale’s end. That’s grace, man. Best of all, the book’s not preaching to you. You take whatever DiCamillo is laying out and make your own conclusions. Burke’s grandfather puts this better than I do, of course: “Take what is offered to you.” And yes, it’s a sad one. Not a dead dog kind of sad. More an alone-in-the-universe sadness. All kids can relate to the fear of abandonment. Perhaps there’s a catharsis in seeing it happen to someone else. Whatever the case, it’s a smart little book that gets to the point after meandering through fifty others and you wouldn’t have it any other way. Do what the man says then. Take what is offered to you.For ages 9-12.
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  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    In one of my favourite books of the year, Louisiana's Way Home, young Louisiana is telling us the story of how she left Florida after being wakened by her grandmother in the middle of the night. Louisiana doesn't realize at first that they are leaving Florida for good, and is awash in grief when she realizes she's left her best friends and beloved pets behind. "It is best to smile. That is what Granny has told me my whole life. If you have to choose between smiling and not smiling, choose smili In one of my favourite books of the year, Louisiana's Way Home, young Louisiana is telling us the story of how she left Florida after being wakened by her grandmother in the middle of the night. Louisiana doesn't realize at first that they are leaving Florida for good, and is awash in grief when she realizes she's left her best friends and beloved pets behind. "It is best to smile. That is what Granny has told me my whole life. If you have to choose between smiling and not smiling, choose smiling. It fools people for a short time. It gives you an advantage." When Granny has a medical emergency near a small town in Georgia, Louisiana must figure out how to get things done using life lessons learned from wily and conniving Granny. Determined to find her way back home and avoid being questioned by any authorities while Granny is incapacitated, tenacious Louisiana finds a potential ally in a new friend, a thoughtful and kind boy named Burke. "I was starting to see what kind of a person he was. He was the kind of person who, if you asked him for one of something, gave you two instead." Even though this is a fairly short story, author DiCamillo deftly pulls you in and tugs at your heartstrings. I so want to meet Louisiana in real life -- the character is so rich and I loved seeing her growth as she learns to trust, and realizes that the way home is not always what you expect it to be. "The world was beautiful. It surprised me, how beautiful it kept on insisting on being. In spite of all the lies, it was beautiful." Awesome Female Character score: 5/5 -- Louisiana is one tough cookie who isn't afraid to get things done. Thank you to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for providing me with a DRC of this book.
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  • Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!”I am going to write it all down, so that what happened to me will be known, so that if someone were to stand at their window at night and look up at stars and think, My goodness, whatever happened to Louisiana Elefante? Where did she go? they will have an answer. They will know. “This is what happened.“I will begin at the beginning.”And with those words, Louisiana Elefante’s journey, with her granny, begins. In the middle of the night, they leave their home in Florida, frien !! NOW AVAILABLE !!”I am going to write it all down, so that what happened to me will be known, so that if someone were to stand at their window at night and look up at stars and think, My goodness, whatever happened to Louisiana Elefante? Where did she go? they will have an answer. They will know. “This is what happened.“I will begin at the beginning.”And with those words, Louisiana Elefante’s journey, with her granny, begins. In the middle of the night, they leave their home in Florida, friends, pets, and everything Louisiana has ever known, and head toward Georgia. If you’ve already read DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale, you will be familiar with Louisiana’s character, a spirited ten year-old girl who has “swampy lungs” and a rather eccentric granny. If you haven’t read Raymie Nightingale, this can be enjoyed without having read it, but I read these two books back-to-back and so for me, there is no real ‘gap’ in the story. There is a lot of wisdom between the pages of this story, some of which is uplifting, but this story is not without some sadness - life is, after all, a balance between sadness and joy. Even children, and young teens need to learn how to deal with their own sadness by how others deal with sadness, and the frustrations that come with the inconveniences of life. Overall, though, I would consider this a story of life, love and the stories we tell ourselves and others, and home, the ones we first know, and the ones we make for ourselves. ”Perhaps what matters when all is said and done is not who puts us down but who picks us up.” Having read Because of Winn-Dixie and having loved it, I was pleased to have an opportunity to read this story, her latest, and hoped for the same level of charm. I was not disappointed in the least. Pub Date: 02 OCT 2018Many thanks for the ARC provided by Candlewick Press / Candlewick
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  • Schizanthus
    January 1, 1970
    “It is a long and tragic story full of dark alleys and twists and turns and many unexpected happenings,” I said. “And also curses. There are curses in the story.” 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 Bud “It is a long and tragic story full of dark alleys and twists and turns and many unexpected happenings,” I said. “And also curses. There are curses in the story.” 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. After falling in love with Louisiana I’ve ordered Raymie Nightingale from the library (I love my library!). 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. In some ways, this is a story of woe and confusion, but it is also a story of joy and kindness and free peanuts. 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. I already know that I’m going to want to reread this book once I’ve read Raymie Nightingale and I expect that I’m going to need to read more of this author’s books as soon as possible.Thank you so much to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for the opportunity to read this book.
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  • DaNae
    January 1, 1970
    But that every child could live in a world peopled by Kate DiCamillo. Where dire situations are eased by generous hearts.
  • Dale Harcombe
    January 1, 1970
    When twelve year old Louisiana Elefante is woken at 3am by her Granny, she thinks this is just another of Granny’s middle of the night ideas. It’s just a trip and they will soon be home. But Granny has a plan, one that sees them end up crossing the state line from Florida into Georgia. Louisiana is not a bit happy to learn she is not going home, back to her friends Raymie and Beverly and her cat Archie. When an extreme dental emergency arises and Granny is in severe pain, Louisiana is left to pl When twelve year old Louisiana Elefante is woken at 3am by her Granny, she thinks this is just another of Granny’s middle of the night ideas. It’s just a trip and they will soon be home. But Granny has a plan, one that sees them end up crossing the state line from Florida into Georgia. Louisiana is not a bit happy to learn she is not going home, back to her friends Raymie and Beverly and her cat Archie. When an extreme dental emergency arises and Granny is in severe pain, Louisiana is left to plan and to act. Since she is spunky and resourceful, she manages though not without a few disturbances. Along the way meets a number of quirky characters.Reading this book as an adult, I initially had to suspend disbelief. It didn’t take long before the prose, the carefully inserted insights, the character of Louisiana and others she encounters, won me over completely. It is a while since I have read a book by Kate DiCamillo. She has a unique style that is fanciful, yet manages to impart a lot of wisdom and truth at the same time. This book is delightful, amusing at times and sad as Louisiana seeks to find where she fits in the world. To try and quote gems out of it, I would be quoting nearly the whole book. Far better to just dive in as I did and let the words and endearing characters entice you into this charming, poignant book. I was thrilled to be sent this by the publisher, Walker Books to read and review. Put simply, I adored this book. My one reservation is the cover which, to my mind, doesn’t do justice to this enchanting book. Kate DiCamillo has written another winner that children, parents and teacher will enjoy. A highly recommended book that should find a place in many homes, schools and libraries.
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  • Monica Edinger
    January 1, 1970
    Melancholy, heart-wrenching, gorgeous writing, complicated. One to ponder.
  • Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this even better than Raymie Nightingale. It was wonderful.
  • Liza Fireman
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like Kate DiCamillo lost a bit of her magic touch. I loved The Tale of Despereaux, really liked The Magician's Elephant and quite liked The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and even Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures were great. And then it stopped for me, Raymie Nightingale was a real serious fall. This one started really nice, but then kind of lost it.Louisiana starts the journey with her crazy grandma, which reminded me a bit of the beautiful Walk Two Moons by Sharon Cr I feel like Kate DiCamillo lost a bit of her magic touch. I loved The Tale of Despereaux, really liked The Magician's Elephant and quite liked The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and even Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures were great. And then it stopped for me, Raymie Nightingale was a real serious fall. This one started really nice, but then kind of lost it.Louisiana starts the journey with her crazy grandma, which reminded me a bit of the beautiful Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. Very quickly, the grandma gets an impossible toothache, and Louisiana hops into the front seat to take the driver's seat, and as a 12 years old girl she drives for the first time through highways and later in an urban area. No damage was registered to the car, the kid or the grandma. Now she is on her way to the dentist, and later to a motel.Where it bothered me started later, when the Louisiana's real story was told, and her grandma decided to ditch her or something. Overall, summarized by one grandma lying to her about her identity, taking her on a road trip when she can't drive or have money for food, and using the girl to make money. Not sure if this is a great message to anyone. I have to give it 2 stars, although it was entertaining at times, and started nicely.
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  • Mathew
    January 1, 1970
    Whenever I read a DiCamillo, I am always tempted to go back and explore 'how she does it'. How she creates characters, moments and memories which are so profoundly honest, observant and speak of the universal truth of what it is to be a human that her tales make you laugh, cry, stop in your narrative tracks to take a breath and find, when the reading is over, that she has left a map in your mind that has imprinted within you an indescribable change.But, to go back and dig, unearth and explore wo Whenever I read a DiCamillo, I am always tempted to go back and explore 'how she does it'. How she creates characters, moments and memories which are so profoundly honest, observant and speak of the universal truth of what it is to be a human that her tales make you laugh, cry, stop in your narrative tracks to take a breath and find, when the reading is over, that she has left a map in your mind that has imprinted within you an indescribable change.But, to go back and dig, unearth and explore would, I think, tarnish something magical: you just have to let her in and trust her. Having such a strong affinity for Raymie Nightingale or, more importantly, all those who lived within its pages, I was nervous reading this book but I assure you, it does not disappoint. I don't want to share any of the plot or reflect here on the obstacles that Louisiana must overcome; that's would be tarnishing your own journey with her. Instead, I will say that DiCamillo's stories, in the hands of any adult or child, or better, both together, would make for an intimate, uplifting, powerful reading experience. You connect with her characters, her beliefs in a way that very few other authors offer for she pens with her soul
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  • Lana
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun heartwarming children's book, full of twists and turns for twelve year old Louisiana. Once her grandmother wakes her up in the middle of the night she is on an adventure that will change everything about her life as she knows it, and all her ideas on who she is.Louisiana is a character from Raymie Nightingale, one of DiCamillo's earlier books. I hadn't read it when I started this story and it is completely fine as a stand alone book, but now I do want to go back and read it!What m This was a fun heartwarming children's book, full of twists and turns for twelve year old Louisiana. Once her grandmother wakes her up in the middle of the night she is on an adventure that will change everything about her life as she knows it, and all her ideas on who she is.Louisiana is a character from Raymie Nightingale, one of DiCamillo's earlier books. I hadn't read it when I started this story and it is completely fine as a stand alone book, but now I do want to go back and read it!What made me love this story is Louisiana's full-of-life personality. Her character is sassy, bold and always hungry for more, despite all that she is going through. She is pretty angry with her granny in most of the story and it brought me back to my bratty childhood memories.Despite the funny and lightheartedness of the story it is overall a sad story of a girl that just wants a family and a place to belong. I found myself cheering for her through the book hoping that she will "make good choices" and "persevere" as I always tell my kids, and Lousiana does too! It was an adorable story, if you like DiCamillo's other books you are sure to enjoy this one!
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    This is a road trip book, sort of. But, unlike the usual road trip books, Lousiana and Granny only go so far, before they stop, and have all the action take place in the small town they end up in.Granny is running from a curse. Lousiana thinks she is also running from the same curse, even if she doens’t understnad why.I love the voice of Louisiana. She says profound things, without, probably, realizing how profound they are.three semis drove past us. One was painted with a picture of a cow stand This is a road trip book, sort of. But, unlike the usual road trip books, Lousiana and Granny only go so far, before they stop, and have all the action take place in the small town they end up in.Granny is running from a curse. Lousiana thinks she is also running from the same curse, even if she doens’t understnad why.I love the voice of Louisiana. She says profound things, without, probably, realizing how profound they are.three semis drove past us. One was painted with a picture of a cow standing in a field of green grass. I was jealous of that cow because she was at home, and I was not. It seemed like a very sad thing to be jealous of a fake cow on the side of a truck. And, this quote about Clarence the Crow, whom she thought she might like to be, with not a care in the world.But Clarence probably had cares . Because that is what it means to be alive on this infinitesimally spinning planet. It means you have cares.And then, other times, she just wants to eat a candy bar, just like any normal 11 year old would want.It is a delightful book abouat families and friendships.Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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  • Wendi Lee
    January 1, 1970
    Louisiana Elefante is a character from DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale, a novel I haven’t read yet. But this is Louisiana’s story, beginning as her grandmother whisks her away from her home, pets, and friends, heading toward an unknown future. It works exceptionally well as a stand-alone novel, although now I’m very motivated to read Raymie’s tale. Louisiana’s life has been filled with fantastical stories about her circus performing family and the whims of her very unusual grandmother, and this g Louisiana Elefante is a character from DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale, a novel I haven’t read yet. But this is Louisiana’s story, beginning as her grandmother whisks her away from her home, pets, and friends, heading toward an unknown future. It works exceptionally well as a stand-alone novel, although now I’m very motivated to read Raymie’s tale. Louisiana’s life has been filled with fantastical stories about her circus performing family and the whims of her very unusual grandmother, and this gives this novel a whimsical, fairy-tale quality even as bad things begin to happen. Louisiana herself is a staunch character, keeping her chin up and always moving forward. She finds kindness in a Lost Boy-esque character, who literally feeds her from a vending machine, but her path is also filled with apathetic grown-ups and big questions about her past and identity. It could have easily veered into dark middle grade novel territory, but that whimsical quality kept it afloat, and it’s that whimsy that lingered with me, as I write this review a week after finishing the book. I really enjoyed this novel, and recommend it to anyone interested in middle grade books. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an arc.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Kate DiCamillo is one of my go-to authors when recommending books to my students. I was ecstatic to see that Louisianas story was continuing, as I adored her in Raymie Nightingale. This spunky, full of life, witty girl stole my heart and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. When her Granny wakes her in the night and they leave town suddenly, Louisiana is thrust into an adventure of self exploration. I thoroughly enjoyed continuing her story, and the backstory of Granny and Louisiana. Exploring hard t Kate DiCamillo is one of my go-to authors when recommending books to my students. I was ecstatic to see that Louisianas story was continuing, as I adored her in Raymie Nightingale. This spunky, full of life, witty girl stole my heart and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. When her Granny wakes her in the night and they leave town suddenly, Louisiana is thrust into an adventure of self exploration. I thoroughly enjoyed continuing her story, and the backstory of Granny and Louisiana. Exploring hard topics with humor and heart, Kate DiCamillo weaves a fantastic tale. All of the stars for this return of Louisiana Elefante. ♥️Thank you @candlewickpress for this advance reader in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    Louisiana’s story captured this reader’s attention. Compelling, well-crafted language and authentic voice. Read in one sitting. I appreciated Raymie Nightingale, and enjoyed that book very much, but I consider this one even better than that.
  • Skip
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this book, and especially the resiliency and spunkiness of the main character, Louisiana Elefante. Dragged from her bed in the middle of the night by Granny, they flee Florida because of the dreaded curse. While the curse is eventually explained, the reason for their sudden departure is not. Louisiana is devastated to leave her friends and adopted pets. When Granny gets sick, Louisiana learns to drive a car, and find medical attention, requiring a recuperation from a procedure, marooning I liked this book, and especially the resiliency and spunkiness of the main character, Louisiana Elefante. Dragged from her bed in the middle of the night by Granny, they flee Florida because of the dreaded curse. While the curse is eventually explained, the reason for their sudden departure is not. Louisiana is devastated to leave her friends and adopted pets. When Granny gets sick, Louisiana learns to drive a car, and find medical attention, requiring a recuperation from a procedure, marooning them in a small town in Georgia. Granny decides she must face her demons alone, leaving Louisiana to fend for herself. In her explanatory note, Granny turns Louisiana's life upside down, with startling revelations, and Louisiana is forced to work things out herself with key support from her one true friend in town. But too much crying in the book. 3.5 stars.
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  • KC
    January 1, 1970
    5 plus stars!!! This delightfully emotional and full of life follow up to Raymie Nightingale, is a true testament of to Kate DiCamillo's superior ability to hit every nerve and every point of childhood. Louisiana Elefante's grandmother unexpectedly whisks her away one day leaving behind all she has ever known. From her Florida home to a "very clean" motel in Georgia, 12 year old Louisiana must try to come to terms as to what is unfolding and make some sense to it all. DiCamillo once again has th 5 plus stars!!! This delightfully emotional and full of life follow up to Raymie Nightingale, is a true testament of to Kate DiCamillo's superior ability to hit every nerve and every point of childhood. Louisiana Elefante's grandmother unexpectedly whisks her away one day leaving behind all she has ever known. From her Florida home to a "very clean" motel in Georgia, 12 year old Louisiana must try to come to terms as to what is unfolding and make some sense to it all. DiCamillo once again has the ability to tug at my heart strings and have me cheer at the same time. BRAVO!
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  • Katie Fitzgerald
    January 1, 1970
    Louisiana Elefante is perturbed, to say the least, when her granny wakes her up one morning and announces that the day of reckoning has arrived and they must leave their home in Florida at once. It's bad enough that Louisiana has to leave behind her friends, Raymie and Beverly, and not much better that Granny immediately has dental trouble and Louisiana has to drive her to a dentist. The worst, however, happens when Louisiana and Granny check into a hotel in a small Georgia town and everything L Louisiana Elefante is perturbed, to say the least, when her granny wakes her up one morning and announces that the day of reckoning has arrived and they must leave their home in Florida at once. It's bad enough that Louisiana has to leave behind her friends, Raymie and Beverly, and not much better that Granny immediately has dental trouble and Louisiana has to drive her to a dentist. The worst, however, happens when Louisiana and Granny check into a hotel in a small Georgia town and everything Louisiana thought she knew about her life begins to unravel. All she wants to do is go home, but first Louisiana has to come to an understanding of where that really is.I felt pretty lukewarm about Raymie Nightingale and two years later, I don't remember much about it. This companion novel, however, told in the strong first-person voice of Louisiana herself makes a much deeper impression. I was drawn into this story immediately, and I read the book eagerly from beginning to end in a single afternoon. The characters are believably endearing and flawed, and Granny's erratic behavior begs the reader to keep turning the pages. Though events of the story are sad, potential sorrow on the part of the reader is tempered by Louisiana's continually upbeat outlook and her willingness to rise to the occasion in even the most dismal of circumstances.DiCamillo's writing - particularly the details she uses to demonstrate her characters' personalities and quirks - is at its best in this novel. Both of her last two novels, Flora and Ulysses and Raymie Nightingale, didn't really work for me, but to my surprise, this one is actually nearly on par with my favorite of her works, Because of Winn Dixie. (Thanks to Candlewick and NetGalley for the digital ARC!)This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.
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  • Dianna
    January 1, 1970
    Raised by her certifiably insane Granny, shadowed by a family curse, and constantly dealing with poverty, Louisana Elefante has not had a typical life. Her story opens hurtling down the highway away from home, in the middle of the night, the only explanation from her Granny that "the day of reckoning has arrived." Louisiana seems well equipped through experience to deal with her Granny, but eventually things change, and suddenly nothing is as it seemed. Can Louisiana re-orient herself and build Raised by her certifiably insane Granny, shadowed by a family curse, and constantly dealing with poverty, Louisana Elefante has not had a typical life. Her story opens hurtling down the highway away from home, in the middle of the night, the only explanation from her Granny that "the day of reckoning has arrived." Louisiana seems well equipped through experience to deal with her Granny, but eventually things change, and suddenly nothing is as it seemed. Can Louisiana re-orient herself and build a new life?In a nutshell: Classic Kate DiCamillo: Sad, hopeful, beautiful. Read it. P.S. Louisiana is a character who started out in another of DiCamillo's books, Raymie Nightingale . I wondered coming into this book whether I would need to have read Raymie first. The answer is no. Although Raymie is mentioned a few times, Louisiana is a standalone.
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  • Samantha Sim
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 starsi cannot believe it took me so long to pick up a kate dicamillo book.
  • Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺
    January 1, 1970
    A heartwarming story of self-discovery for young readers. Louisiana’s honest and sweet perspective is a pleasure.
  • Miri ♪ Book Dragoness ♪
    January 1, 1970
    A quick note: This is a companion novel to Raymie Nightingale. You don't have to have read it to understand and enjoy this (I've forgotten most of what happened in Raymie Nightingale and could still savor this book) but I would recommend you do, because I would sing the praises of Kate DiCamillo to the heavens. On with the review.Kate DiCamillo has done it yet again. Reading Louisiana's Way Home has reminded of why she's one of my favorite authors. I've read all her novels and each of them was t A quick note: This is a companion novel to Raymie Nightingale. You don't have to have read it to understand and enjoy this (I've forgotten most of what happened in Raymie Nightingale and could still savor this book) but I would recommend you do, because I would sing the praises of Kate DiCamillo to the heavens. On with the review.Kate DiCamillo has done it yet again. Reading Louisiana's Way Home has reminded of why she's one of my favorite authors. I've read all her novels and each of them was truly wonderful. And this was no exception!This story is about Louisiana and Granny, who leave their home of two years, Florida, in the middle of the night because of what Granny calls the "curse of sundering". Louisiana resents Granny for it - for she has to leave her two best friends Raymie and Beverly and Archie the cat and the one-eyed dog Buddy. They end up in a small town in Georgia, where most of the story unfolds, a story where everything Louisiana believes is ripped away from her, where she must learn to find herself.Louisiana meets a number of people in the Georgia town, including Burke Allen and his crow friend Clarence and Burke's family, Reverend Obertask, and Bernice. Yet again, Kate DiCamillo reveals a lot of character depth with just quietly insightful statements. For example, this is how Louisiana describes Burke:"He was the kind of person who, if you asked him for one of something, gave you two instead."I just fell in love with Louisiana's voice. It was so Louisiana, with her pluck and insight and resourcefulness, but I saw Kate DiCamillo's signature writing style too. One reason I admire her books so much is that her writing style is beautiful. It's very sparse and simple but it looks effortless and lovely and...just so subtle. I wouldn't say it's the kind of subtle that hides plot twists well. It's the kind that just hints at the emotions brimming under the surface. I think she's a born storyteller. I can't find any other way to explain what makes her stories so special to me. "Sometimes, when the light starts to fade, I get a terrible feeling of loneliness, like maybe I am the only person in the world." As a warning, this story has quite a few sad scenes, which tugged at my heart partly because of all the subtlety hinting at loneliness and heartbreak but also hope. Even though it ended pretty happily, I was left with a lingering sense of sadness. But some scenes were so sweet (looking at you, Grandfather Burke Allen) that it really touched my heart 💖As you can guess, I'd recommend this very very much. And I think I will now go and reread one of her other books. It's been far too long.Pre-review: I'm so excited to read this! I remember I read and really liked Raymie Nightingale
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  • Hannah Rose
    January 1, 1970
    'In some ways, this is a story of woe and confusion, but it is also a story of joy and kindness and free peanuts.'I love how Kate DiCamillo writes. Her writing seems so simple but it is full of feeling and emotion and she can make you see that in just a short sentence. Like Flora and Ulysses this book is now a favorite of mine. Louisiana had to leave home in the middle of the night and her Granny told her that they were never going back. She is sad, angry and frightened.They end up in Georgia an 'In some ways, this is a story of woe and confusion, but it is also a story of joy and kindness and free peanuts.'I love how Kate DiCamillo writes. Her writing seems so simple but it is full of feeling and emotion and she can make you see that in just a short sentence. Like Flora and Ulysses this book is now a favorite of mine. Louisiana had to leave home in the middle of the night and her Granny told her that they were never going back. She is sad, angry and frightened.They end up in Georgia and there as well as on trip Louisiana learns about hope, love, bravery and most importantly forgiveness. She learns there are many kind people in the world and she finds her way home, but in a different way than she thought she would.This story made me laugh out loud and tear up and reflect. It is sweet, hopeful and full of love and humor. It is one of those books that you cannot outgrow and that though you would love it as a child it is only when you are older that you truly understand it depth.Louisiana's Way Home is a beautiful book and I would highly recommend it.
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  • Nusrat Mahmood
    January 1, 1970
    ** I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. **Perhaps what matters when all is said and done is not who puts us down but who picks us up.Sometimes you start reading a book expecting nothing, nothing at all and the book has a weird starting. By the time you are in third or fourth chapter you start loving the protagonist…..by sixth or seventh chapter, you love the weird starting and reading the book as if it’s an ice c ** I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. **Perhaps what matters when all is said and done is not who puts us down but who picks us up.Sometimes you start reading a book expecting nothing, nothing at all and the book has a weird starting. By the time you are in third or fourth chapter you start loving the protagonist…..by sixth or seventh chapter, you love the weird starting and reading the book as if it’s an ice cream you are eating outside. you will not let the drip fall but also enjoy it to the fullest. Louisiana’s Way Home actually that kinda book.This is an ARC copy that I had requested on netgalley without any idea who the author is, what is the synopsis, what’s the genre. that’s why I didn’t have so much expectation. But with the gradual reading I fall in love with the book, Louisiana, her granny, her friends…. those seventeen cakes (*wink*).I am so glad I have found Kate DiCamillo because her imaginative and poetic writing is die to read for. She built every single character with so much care that they feel so real. I don’t find this story about Louisiana unreal at all, not childish at all.download (1)The story is told by Louisiana Elefante, a 12 years old who leaves her home overnight because her only living and weird relative granny decides so. She doesn’t give any explanation for such run but mentions a mysterious curse. Louisiana’s both parents were famous trapeze and dead. How the penniless duo stuck in a small town in Georgia and how Louisiana discovers the biggest truth about her existence is the cherry of the story.I simply love how Kate kept open the door of imagination and said so many unsaid things and beautifully wrote down the emotions sweetly but not overly sugarcoated. Just one thing poked me hard what Granny did to Louisiana later . If she planned to did so why didn’t she did it to her on the very first of the book . But it creates an path to discuss the story in a whole new way with the reader.This book is supposed to be a children’s book but it never seems to me so and very much gracefully written. It is about forgiven, to find love, friendship and family. The protagonist Louisiana is one of the weird still quierky and lovable character you will meet and wanna hug and want to give love.I am so glad I get the chance to read the ARC of this melancholy beautiful book. I will always thankful to the author, publisher and netgalley to give me the chance to discover such heart warming story.Rating: * * * * * ( so satisfying to rate a book solid 5 stars)(I have also found that Louisiana has also appeared earlier in the author’s book named RAYMIE NIGHTINGLE.I have to read that as well and hopefully will come up with a review as well. Till then adios, HAPPY READING!Love has a way to find you
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