Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

Book Review #278

Title: Louisiana’s Way Home

Author: Kate DiCamillo

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Middle Grade

Format: Paperback

Source: Pansing

Publication Date: October 4, 2018

Pages: 215

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.

The blurb for this book couldn’t be more accurate, the story is addictive and I forget that there are pages that need turning. If possible, I might have been able to finish it in one sitting but I told myself to calm down, take it slowly and really take in the story in its entirety.

Louisiana deals with so much throughout her entire life—with grandma, the curse, her identity and so much more. Yet throughput it all, she remains to be strong and true to herself which is a very good quality to have.

There weren’t nothing much that I disliked about this book. It could be a 5 star read for me but for some reason it felt more like a 4. This story is deep, inviting and bold. A book that has the potential to be one of my favourite middle grade books and one that I would want to recommend it to other readers out there seeking for a story that might just cause an impact in their lives.

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