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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 beWhen 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 timeCalled “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

  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • Louisiana's Way Home
  • Kate DiCamillo
  • English
  • 10 August 2015
  • 9780763694630

About the Author: Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo the newly named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014–2015 says about stories “When we read together we connect Together we see the world Together we see one another” Born in Philadelphia the author lives in Minneapolis where she faithfully writes two pages a day five days a week Kate DiCamillo's own journey is something of a dream come true After



10 thoughts on “Louisiana's Way Home

  1. says:

    Perhaps what matters when all is said and done is not who puts us down but who picks us upLooking 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 ParkEvoking 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 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

  2. says:

    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 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 uickly 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’

  3. says:

    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 thingThis has happened beforeGranny 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 uite 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 uestion her existence She’ll have to figure out how to find herself again and face some important decisions with difficultyThis 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 surprisingI’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 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 storyWith 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 storyWe 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 Despereaux4You can also see this review

  4. says:

    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 wwwjennifertarheelreadercom

  5. says:

    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 recently with humans Flora Raymie and now LouisianaBy 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 empoweringWhat 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 uite 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

  6. says:

    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 FloridaGeorgia 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 uality 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 uite 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 storyworried 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

  7. says:

    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 uiet 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 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 graceWhen 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 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 freeI 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 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 difficultSometimes 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 critiue 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 critiuing 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 experienceIn spite of the fact that this story is a companion novel the book bears 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 eual sway In this book the motel in uestion is the Good Night Sleep Tight Once you’ve gotten past the black and red suares 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 niceIn 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 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 uite 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 uite 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 missingEarly 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 youFor ages 9 12

  8. says:

    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 uestioned 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 55 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

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    Extra Thoughts After My Reread I am absolutely in love with this book I didn’t think I could love Louisiana than I did when I first read her story but I was so wrong I want to hug her and make her feel safe and wanted and loved and never let her go This story is about deciding who you are something we all need to do Louisiana just has to make that decision earlier than most people It’s a heartbreaking and heartwarming story and it’s gorgeousI appreciated the Allen family with this reread too All of the Burke Allen’s and the sole Betty Allen are my new favourite people; I want to bake with Betty and hang out with every Burke I want to meet Clarence and let him know he can trust meI finally read Raymie Nightingale and jumped straight into this reread I realise now that there are spoilers in this book for Raymie so I’d recommend reading the Three Rancheros books in publication order I’m so excited to have the opportunity to read Beverly’s story early and will be starting Beverly Right Here right now Original Review “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 againLouisiana’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 positiveThis 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 about Louisiana’s relationship with her GrannyLouisiana is simply adorable and I was eually 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 of this author’s books as soon as possibleThank you so much to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for the opportunity to read this book

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