Louisiana's Way Home

Louisiana's Way Home

by Kate DiCamillo

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763694630
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 49,222
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

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.

Hometown:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

March 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Education:

B.A. in English, University of Florida at Gainesville, 1987

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Louisiana's Way Home (B&N Exclusive Edition) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
sandralb 4 months ago
The story is well told in the ten-year old Louisiana's voice. It 's easy for young readers to understand and relate to. I'm sure this is why it is so attractive to young readers (or listeners). This is a great middle reader. Or a read aloud book for younger children. Ms. DiCamillo has a special way of writing about difficult situations. I believe by reading this to younger children, questions may come up and can be discussed. The author has a simple, quiet, whimsical style that sets her apart from other writers. Louisiana is a spunky, funny, full of life ten year old, who has seen and been through more than any child should have to endure. Yet she has kept her wonderful spirit. Throughout the book she refers to life lessons she has been given by Granny, this may be part of her strength. I loved Louisiana, she stole my heart. I so enjoyed reading this book and have gone back to read everything Kate DiCamillo has written. Kate DiCamillo is such an extremely talented children's writer. I received a copy of this book from Candlewick Press through NetGalleys. The opinions expressed in this book are my own.
NovelKim 20 days ago
I think I bookmarked every page of this book. It is filled with truisms and the plain language of Louisiana Elefante’s dialog. You just get every thing she says, everything she is feeling, the desperation and the utter devastation in her heart. Written with a nod to the resiliency of children, you can’t help but smile at each of Louisiana’s revelations and her ability to try to solve the problems adults have heaped upon her. She deals equally with kindness and disdain. She is no stranger to hardship and being without. She has learned the gifts or respect, love and forgiveness. Thank you NetGalley and Candlewick Press for a copy of this truly wonderful book.
SchizanthusNerd 27 days ago
“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.
Readingjunky 3 months ago
A curse, a pet crow, a seedy hotel, and a stuffed alligator are among the interesting things readers will encounter in LOUISIANA'S WAY HOME by Kate DiCamillo. It was 3:00 AM when Granny hustled Louisiana to the car. She insisted that they needed to hit the road now. Not long after leaving their home state of Florida, Granny begins to complain about her tooth. Soon she has collapsed in the back seat moaning and begging for a dentist. Driving can't be too difficult Louisiana thinks as she gets behind the wheel and heads toward a town she hopes has the needed dentist. Dr. Fox tells Louisiana that ALL of Granny's teeth are a problem, and he proceeds to pull them all. The Good Night, Sleep Tight Motel is stop number two. Hopefully, Granny can recuperate, and Louisiana can figure out what to do next. Author Kate DiCamillo reveals that some people are helpful and others are not as she tells Louisiana's tale. Used to lies and secrets, this young girl finds out that telling her story in the best way she knows how might help her end up with the friends and family she has always dreamed of.
Debbiesreadingcorner 3 months ago
Louisiana's Way Home By: Kate DiCamillo Candlewick Press Published date 2 October 2018 Children's Fiction Middle Grade 240 pages #LouisianasWayHome #NetGalley I know that this book has already been out in the stores for a while but I just couldn't get my review up before now. I did get the book finished before the publish date though. I have greatly enjoyed this book and a few others that she has written. This book is about a 12 year old girl named Louisiana and her grandma, who leave the state of Florida at 3 in the morning. Louisiana doesn't know why just that her grandma woke her up and told her to get into the car. She had to leave behind her friends and pets. She has been told that a curse has been passed down from her great grandfather and that it was time to end the curse. The curse is known as a Sundering. The story goes on to explain how the curse was started and why it is called this name. They travel with no money or means on how to get where they are going. Grandma ends up needing some dental care and time to recover so she has Louisiana help pay for things by her wit and voice. She has a beautiful singing voice. During this time Louisiana meets some a boy who befriends and they are able to have some fun while grandma recovers. On her trip back from one of the visits her grandma has taken off and left her a note. This note explains somethings to Louisiana that changes her life and questions everything that has happened. What did the note say and what does she do? I do recommend that you read this book or have your middle grader read it. It is a fun and adventurist book.
AE2 3 months ago
Louisiana Elefante is cursed--it's a curse of sundering passed down through her family, and because of that curse, her grandmother wakes her up in the middle of the night and drags her to the car. Louisiana's granny has pulled plenty of stunts before, but when Louisiana realizes Granny plans to leave Florida behind for good. When they get to Georgia, they wind up in a motel as Granny recovers from having all of her teeth removed, and it's there that Louisiana's life falls apart--and comes together again. Kate DiCamillo is one of the best storytellers of our day, and this book is just as fantastic as all of her others. First-person-narrator Louisiana is fabulous--I love her life lessons and getting the chance to follow her on her journey. There are humorous moments, bittersweet moments, heartrending moments, and hopeful moments. There are characters you'd like to slap upside the head and characters you wish you could take right off the pages into your own family. This is a beautiful book, and I highly recommend it. One of my picks for best of 2018.
reececo331 4 months ago
Lousianna's Way Home By Kate DiCamillo The author has created another set of adorable characters that young children will connect with. The main character Louisanna is a remarkably sweet girl who finds her world turned up side down when her grandmother pulls her from her bed at 3 am and drags her across the state line. Louisanna has to adapt to a multitude of sudden changes and find a place for herself when she is lost and left behind with only a note to say everything she knew about herself was a lie.. the story is a remarkable tale of learning to see the world as it really is and finding people that will help you find a home. This book will be taught in classrooms over the next few years. Not only for its content but the way the writer presented a personal narrative and her sequence of events. This is a story kids can connect to and find out about themselves.
sandralb 4 months ago
The story is well told in the ten-year old Louisiana's voice. It 's easy for young readers to understand and relate to. I'm sure this is why it is so attractive to young readers (or listeners). This is a great middle reader. Or a read aloud book for younger children. Ms. DiCamillo has a special way of writing about difficult situations. I believe by reading this to younger children, questions may come up and can be discussed. The author has a simple, quiet, whimsical style that sets her apart from other writers. Louisiana is a spunky, funny, full of life ten year old, who has seen and been through more than any child should have to endure. Yet she has kept her wonderful spirit. Throughout the book she refers to life lessons she has been given by Granny, this may be part of her strength. I loved Louisiana, she stole my heart. I so enjoyed reading this book and have gone back to read everything Kate DiCamillo has written. Kate DiCamillo is such an extremely talented children's writer. I received a copy of this book from Candlewick Press through NetGalleys. The opinions expressed in this book are my own.
2Shaye 4 months ago
I was so excited to get to read DiCamillo's new middle grade book! This is a continuation of the story that originated in Raymie Nightingale (2016). This installment is told in the voice of 12-year-old Louisiana Elefante and picks up two years later, beginning with Lousiana’s grandma dragging her out of Florida in the middle of the night (leaving behind her dear friends, Raymie and Beverly — presumably forever). On their journey, they quickly hit one obstacle after another and eventually land in a Georgia motel where Lousiana meets a young boy with a crow. Oh my, there’s a lot going on in this story with a variety of interesting characters, each being developed in full DiCamillo detail. But amidst the many experiences and side-adventures, Louisiana’s needs remain the focus. It was easy to fall into this story as it’s one of hope and bonding. One thing I was pleased to see in this leg of the story (that gives it a bump over Raymie Nightingale) was Louisiana encountering a couple healthy adults who truly care about HER and want to help her do whatever she needs to do. There’s something so difficult about holding in a deep, potentially dark, secret. And middle grade literature, in general, often presents the child and adult as adversaries. Nevertheless, the young reader will find comfort in this story as Louisiana discovers a grown-up she can trust in her big, confusing, and sometimes scary world. NOTE: While we encounter characters we met in the first book, Louisiana’s Way Home could easily be a stand-alone book for anyone who hasn’t yet read Raymie Nightingale. In fact, dare I mention that I enjoyed Louisiana’s Way Home much more than Raymie Nightingale? I grew far more attached to these characters and the final pages brought me to unexpected tears. Thanks to Candlewick Press and Netgalley for providing me with an e-ARC of this book for an honest review. This review is also being posted on The Miller Memo (Wordpress book blog) and on Goodreads,