Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

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 n...

Details Louisiana's Way Home

TitleLouisiana's Way Home
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherCandlewick Press (MA)
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Fiction, Family

Reviews Louisiana's Way Home

  • Ilse
    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-pi...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    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 ...
  • Erin
    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 t...
  • Cheri
    ”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,...
  • Betsy
    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 ...
  • Joe
    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...
  • DaNae
    But that every child could live in a world peopled by Kate DiCamillo. Where dire situations are eased by generous hearts.
  • Jen
    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 b...
  • Cynthia
    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.
  • Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺
    A heartwarming story of self-discovery for young readers. Louisiana’s honest and sweet perspective is a pleasure.
  • Laura
    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 pa...
  • Rajiv
    A BIG Thank You to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for providing me a copy of “Louisiana’s Way Home” by Kate DiCamillo in exchange for my review. This was a sweet and endearing book mainly because of the ‘wily and resilient’ Louisiana.I love Kate DiCamillo’s whimsical style of writing. She has a beautiful way of highlighting important issues like loss, sorrow and acceptance in a prominent manner for younger audience without making it t...
  • Dianna
    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 ...
  • Nusrat Mahmood
    ** 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 wei...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    "I said, 'I don't know who I am. I only know that I am not who I thought I was.' Reverend Obertask nodded his big head. 'That is a problem we all face sooner or later, I suppose.'"Louisiana's Way Home tells the story of a character we met in DiCamillo's previous novel Raymie Nightingale. Two years after Raymie, we follow beloved ranchero Louisiana Elefante as she tells the story of what happened to her after Granny wakes her up in the middle of t...
  • Samantha Sim
    4.5/5 starsi cannot believe it took me so long to pick up a kate dicamillo book.
  • Jmorenocidoncha
    Esta valoración no es objetiva ni quiere serlo. Kate DiCamillo es una de las mejores escritoras que tenemos en el catálogo de Océano Gran Travesía y una de las mejores escritoras de este género en todo el mundo, pero sin ningún tipo de duda, es una de nuestras autoras favoritas. Su forma de partir de historias desgraciadas e infelices para mostrar el lado luminoso de la vida es sencillamente vital. Es vital que existan artistas que nos ayud...
  • Leah (Jane Speare)
    What a sweet story!! I haven’t read a DiCamillo book as an adult, only when I was a young kid. Why haven’t I??
  • Michele Knott
    As always, Kate DiCamillo crafts words and lines that stick to your heart. I enjoyed this one even more than Raymie.
  • Wendi Lee
    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 fa...
  • Mary Lee
    I want to read Raymie Nightingale again, then re-read this slower. I think it's a savoring book, not a gulping it down book.
  • Brenda Kahn
    I brought this book to read while waiting for take-out dinner at a ridiculously popular and busy seafood restaurant at the beach. It was so busy that their phone was busy each time I called to try to place the order. Resigned to a long wait, I cracked this gem open and got through half of it before my order was ready. I did not mind the wait because Louisiana is beguiling. This is one I will reread with my ears when it releases. I don't wish to s...
  • Chrissie
    A tremendously touching book from DiCamillo. This is a middle grade gem.DiCamillo always deals with some heavy, emotional issues that often affect children. Despite this, she manages to retain so much of the child who serves as narrator in order to fully capture the depth and all-consuming turmoil in the story. She writes about children and for children brilliantly.In Louisiana's Way Home we have the continuing story of Louisiana Elefante, one of...
  • Elliott
    "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 the 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."So, too, does Kate DiCamillo begin her latest novel Louisiana's Way Home.Kate DiCamillo is one of those authors w...
  • Lindsay
    Simply stunning. Louisiana was my favorite character in RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE, and I was thrilled to be given an ARC of her story! I adore Kate DiCamillo and have never not loved a book of hers. But this one is truly special. Heartbreaking and hopeful, with a voice that sings off the pages and characters that will make you ache. Truly a masterpiece.
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    The two things I remember most about being 10 was that 1- I got new glasses with a blue frame just like my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Basil, and 2- I was just so hungry for stories like Louisiana's Way Home. It would have been the ideal story for me, and together with Anne of Green Gables and a book my cousin in Wales sent to me called The School at the Chalet, I would have been in book heaven.The Louisiana in this book's title is, of course, Louisi...
  • Shaye Miller
    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...
  • Debbie Smith
    Meet Characters Who Will Beg You To Keep Turning The Pages"I am going to write it all down, so that what happened to me will be know, so that if someone were to stand at their window at night and look up at the stars and think, My goodness, whatever happened to Louisiana Elefante? Where did she go? they will have an answer. They will know."Immediately the reader learns that Louisiana's great-grandfather was a magician, and long ago he set into mo...
  • Linda
    Somehow I knew that when this story began, I would get a bit teary once in a while. It’s true, I did. Meeting Louisiana Elefante as Raymie Clarke’s friend in the book Raymie Nighingale, I did wonder about her life of poverty. She lived with her grandmother and was often hungry and yet held a toughness that meant to me she had to have found those muscles out of need. She says she was the daughter of the famous Flying Elfantes, circus artists. ...