Louisiana's Way Home

Louisiana's Way Home

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525633938
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

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.

Cassandra Morris can be seen and heard on television and radio. She is the voice of Lola on the cartoon series Angelo Rules, has been nominated for an Audie Award for audiobook narration, and has appeared in national commercials. She has done sketch comedy on Late Show with David Letterman and HBO, and studies improv at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

March 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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

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sandralb More than 1 year 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.
SardisYS More than 1 year ago
In LOUISIANA’S WAY HOME, Kate DiCamillo tells of young Louisiana Elefante who is woken by her granny in the middle of the night to tell her that they’re leaving and never returning home. This book with Louisiana covers some deep topics in a way only DiCamillo can and does. This book celebrates the strength of the human spirit and reminds us of the good in most folks. Highly recommended for all Juvenile readers.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Louisiana is woken at 3am by her Granny telling her they are leaving as the day of reckoning has arrived. Her Granny believes that there is a curse on their heads, the curse of sundering. After a few hours drive, they cross from their home in Florida into the state of Georgia. Not long into their journey Louisiana’s Granny takes ill with tooth pain and ends up at the dentist who tells her all her teeth are bad and removes them all, leaving Granny in a lot of pain and needing to rest for a while. So for the next few days a motel is their home run by a woman who hates the place and everybody who stays there. Whilst in Georgia Louisiana meets lots of new people including bad-tempered organist Mrs. Lulu, Reverend Obertask who she thinks looks like a Walrus and the Allen family including three generations of the same name – Burke Allen. Louisiana has one wish though, she wants to go back home to her friends and pets, but Granny is determined that they will never go home again. We first met Louisiana Elefante in Kate DiCamillo’s amazing books ‘Raymie Nightingale‘, which I reviewed back in 2016. The book is set in 1975 and followed the life of Raymie and her two best friends Beverly and Louisiana. This book is Louisiana’s story. It has been written as if it is Louisiana writing her own story so that we have evidence should something happen to her. Her Granny is very eccentric. We learn from the first book that the pair live in a house without furniture, including no TV or telephone. The only thing her Granny believed in was some curse from many, many years ago and the power of song. Ms. DiCamillo really has a way with words and with her vivid imagination, you will find yourself being sucked into Louisiana’s world and hoping that she can make it back to her friends again. The characters are unique, interesting and bring the story to life, especially Louisiana who is learning to not be quite as scared as she normally is, this is a girl whose middle name seems to be fear, but now she needs to be brave. The book might contain a sad story but it is not a sad book. In fact, there are plenty of amusing moments within the pages. There is also a big revelation too which not only shocks Louisiana but it will shock the reader as well. Whether you are young or old this is an amazing read. It can be read as a standalone but if you want to fully understand Louisiana and her Granny it is best to read Raymie Nightingale first which is an outstanding book. I was going to say I hope that Ms. DiCamillo write more books in the series but I have just found out that in September 2019 ‘Beverly, Right Here’ is due to be release. I can’t wait.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure what to say about this book. I mean, I loved it. I read it all in one sitting last night. But I'm not sure what age group or genre to put it in. And it annoyed me how unrealistic it was. Yet it was also so beautiful and I love the way Louisiana speaks. Her voice is unique and beautiful. This book started out feeling like... sort of a True Detective vibe to me and I was very, very worried about where this was going. But that helped it move so very quickly, too. The characters are all interesting and bizarre. I don't know. I really like it... but it's also so weird, so I don't know what to do with it.
Holly More than 1 year ago
This book will have you glued to the pages just to see what will happen to Louisiana next while having tears come down your cheeks during certain points until that ending that will leave you with a smile on your face! It's when Louisiana's granny wakes her up during the middle of the night to go on this journey, Louisiana would have never imagined where it would lead them or what secrets would come from it. As they find themselves in a small Georgia town, it's when Granny leaves Louisiana to fend for herself while Granny goes on this magical trip to end a family curse. Louisiana soon discovers the truth about herself and who would ultimately save her in the end. I don't want to spoil too much about this book but of all the Kate DiCamillo books that I have read, this one is my favorite. My only problem with this story though is the simple fact that granny leaves Louisiana by herself in a town that they really don't know the people. But I guess in the end, it was meant to be for the story to be told like it was or else, Louisiana would have never discovered the truth about where she really came from. Thank You to Kate DiCamillo for this story that brought tears to my eyes while leaving a smile on my face! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!
apeape More than 1 year ago
Oh my, what a lovely book! Louisiana tells her story so beautifully; there are moments of pure happiness, there is the yearning that only a young heart can feel, there is heartbreak and redemption. And there is cake! I don't feel right giving details- I'd hate to spoil anything. This is a sequel of sorts to DiCamillo's book Raymie Nightingale, but can absolutely stand alone. The ending will make you tear up, but it's worth it. I thoroughly loved this book!
Pegliss More than 1 year ago
Plucked from her bed in the middle of the night by her grandmother for a time of reckoning, orphan Louisiana Elefante is about to have her life turned upside down. Abandoned at a cheap hotel in Georgia, Louisiana is helped by a kind family and a local pastor as she learns much of what she believes about herself is not true. Louisiana has a truly unique voice and a determination and resilience far beyond her years. DiCamillo’s heartwarming and heartbreaking tale is sparely told with humor and honesty. Readers may have first met Louisiana in Raymie Nightingale, but this book stands alone. The complicated story moves along quickly and readers will want to keep turning the pages to know what happens to Louisiana. There are unique characters, bad and good, throughout the story. Granny remains an enigma, but other caring adults step up to help Louisiana and Burke is a true friend, as good as they come. Thanks to NetGalley and Candlewick for providing a DRC.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Kate DiCamillo is one of my favorite children’s authors, and this is a book that only reinforces that. Louisiana’s Way Home was one of the most interesting reads I’ve had in a while – the characters have very concrete personalities, the setting, is so well described, that anyone can imagine themselves there, and the plot is endearing. The story was definitely a wild ride too. We watch a girl who has lived an odd life be forced to lose any stability she may have had and drive north from Florida to (eventually) a small town in Georgia. That’s where things go quite wrong. As a reader, you develop a huge amount of empathy for Louisiana, and maybe even a little bit for Granny. The eclectic, eccentric cast of characters DiCamillo has created for the story add depth and humor to the story. DiCamillo does such a amazing job at creating a desolate situation with just enough hope hanging on by a thread to keep you going. The voice of the story is Louisiana’s narration and that adds to the exquisite feel of this book. Louisiana’s Way Home tugs at your heartstrings, and I can promise you that you won’t want to put it down until you’ve turned the last page. *Please note I received a free review copy of this book
OptimaK More than 1 year ago
If you have read Kate DiCamillo’s book “Raymie Nightingale” you are introduced to three girls named Raymie, Beverley, and Louisiana. You don’t need to have read Raymie Nightingale first, but this book delves deeper into the story of the quirky and spunky Louisiana. In true Kate DiCamillo fashion, it will pull at your heart strings. It has short chapters and a clever and heartwarming story that an middle schooler and above would love. Unlike any other of Kate’s books, this one is told in first person. I think that really adds to Lousiana’s voice. There are some things that might need to be discussed with the younger crowd: abandonment (as a baby and as a child), stealing, and lying. I received an ARC through NetGallery from the publisher for my honest review.
ChariK More than 1 year ago
What a phenomenal book! Partner book of Raymie Nightingale, although it's not necessary to read that one first. Would be great as a classroom read aloud, or to teach voice in writing, or to soothe lost souls. Wow.
Pebble_Cafe More than 1 year ago
What can I say about LOUISIANA'S WAY HOME that probably hasn't already been said. I really enjoyed this book. A lot. I also really loved RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE and was excited to learn that DiCamillo had a follow-up book about Louisiana. I was on pins and needles the entire time i was reading LOUISIANA'S WAY HOME. When things weren't going right, I was worried for her. When things were good or getting better, I worried for her. How does DiCamillo do it! My favorite line and then one that sums up the book nicely, "Perhaps what matters when all is said and done is not who puts us down but who picks us up". Perfectly said.
NovelKim More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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,