Louisiana's Way Home

Author(s): Kate DiCamillo

Middle Fiction

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.

Ruth's Review:


Louisiana Elefante's granny declares one night that the "day of reckoning" has arrived and they have to leave home immediately. Louisiana isn't too worried as Granny has many strange middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time it's different - Granny intends never to return.


Separated from her best friends Raymie and Beverly, and stuck in a motel with no money while Granny recovers from having all her teeth removed unexpectedly, Louisiana is angry and plots to find a way home. Instead she makes friends with local boy Burke Allen, who plunders the motel lobby vending machine for packs of peanuts, and her days become filled with getting to know some of the small Georgian town's eccentric characters.


But her Granny is a grifter and when she suddenly disappears, leaving only a letter that reveals their past is a lie, Louisiana's life as she knew it is turned upside down and she worries that she is destined only for goodbyes.


This companion novel to Raymie Nightingale is a tale of discovery, heartbreaking in parts but also funny and charming. Beautifully presented in a hardback edition, with the most haunting face adorning the cover, this is the loveliest middle fiction story I have read all year.


Product Information

From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo comes a story of discovering who you are — and deciding who you want to be.

Kate DiCamillo is one of Bookoccino's very favourite Children's Authors. This is the follow up to the briliant Raymie Nightingale, a complex and brilliant story of discovering who you are — and deciding who you want to be. For 8-12 years

Kate DiCamillo is the author of Because of Winn-Dixie (a Newbery Honor book), The Tiger Rising (a National Book Award finalist), and The Tale of Despereaux (a Newbery Medal Winner). She recently completed a series of early chapter books about a pig named Mercy Watson. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane was the winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. Kate lives and writes in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but she spent much of her childhood in Florida.

General Fields

  • : 9781406387544
  • : Walker Books Australia Pty, Limited
  • : Walker Books Australia
  • : July 2018
  • : ---length:- '19.7'width:- '14'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Kate DiCamillo
  • : Hardback
  • : 813.6
  • : 8 Kids Middle Readers