The Resource Louisiana's way home, Kate DiCamillo

Louisiana's way home, Kate DiCamillo

Label
Louisiana's way home
Title
Louisiana's way home
Statement of responsibility
Kate DiCamillo
Title variation
Louisianas way home
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Louisiana Elefante's granny wakes her up in the middle of the night and tells her they need to leave home immediately, and this time Granny intends for them never to return
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
ALA Notable Children's Book, 2019
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 3–6—DiCamillo returns to a character she introduced to readers in Raymie Nightingale. In a first-person account, spirited 10-year-old Louisiana Elefante tells the story of being abruptly awoken by her grandmother in the middle of the night. Together, they trek to Georgia where emergency dental surgery and a nearly empty wallet cause them to stop in their tracks. Stuck in the rural town of Richford, Louisiana must find a way home to her friends. An old family curse that prevents any Elefante from forging long-lasting relationships looms over her. Through a series of chance encounters with the eclectic residents of the small town, Louisiana discovers the power of her own voice and her ability to set her own course. DiCamillo is able to address complex topics in an accessible and ultimately hopeful way. There is never sadness without comfort, fear without consolation. Louisiana's soul-searching is no exception and further solidifies DiCamillo's reputation as a skilled storyteller who trusts her readers to wrestle with hard things. VERDICT A thoughtful and finely written story that earns its place among DiCamillo's other beloved novels.—Katherine Hickey, Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City --Katherine Hickey (Reviewed 09/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 9, p104)
  • /* Starred Review */ Fans of Newbery Medalist DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale will delight in finding out what becomes of Raymie’s orphaned friend Louisiana Elefante in this “story of woe and confusion” that is also a “story of joy and kindness and free peanuts.” In Florida, 12-year-old narrator Louisiana is whisked out of bed at 3 a.m. by her grandmother—her caretaker—who declares that “the day of reckoning has arrived” and they must leave straightaway. The trip is aborted in Richford, Ga., when suffering Granny has to have all her teeth removed. Stuck in a motel while her grandmother recuperates, homesick Louisiana seethes with resentment but is distracted by young Burke Allen, who has a pet crow and knows how to get free food from the vending machine. Then Granny abandons Louisiana, leaving her with nothing but a letter revealing that everything Louisiana knows about her past is a lie. Populated with unforgettable characters, including kindhearted adults who recognize Louisiana’s dire situation and offer options, this bittersweet novel shows a deep understanding of children’s emotions and celebrates their resiliency. Readers will feel as much empathy for Louisiana as they did for her friend Raymie. Ages 10–up. (Oct.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 08/13/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 33, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Abandoned twice over, Louisiana Elefante discovers in herself the "magic that puts things back together." "There is a great deal of power in writing things down," Louisiana observes as she begins her chronicle, a powerful tale of finding her way home. In a convincing first-person voice, the 12-year-old relates the facts of her 1977 journey to Richford, Georgia. She takes note of surprising details and adds her own philosophical thoughts. Readers who first encountered Louisiana in Raymie Nightingale (2016) will be heartened to learn more about her, but this is a stand-alone tale of how she lifted the "curse of sundering" she thought was her legacy. This is not only a story of a child deciding who she wants to be, but also of the power of generosity, especially in the family of Burke Allen, the boy who becomes her friend after she has left Raymie and Beverly behind in Florida. Louisiana's life with her grandmother has not been easy, but she has some amazing talents: a voice like an angel and skill at convincing others to meet her needs. Much about her experiences could be devastatingly sad—sometimes this vulnerable white child makes other characters cry—but there's also humor, especially in Louisiana's biting observations about some of the adults around her. The book adheres to the white default. For readers who relish thoughtfully constructed plots, well-developed characters, and carefully crafted language, this will be a special treat. (Historical fiction. 9-13) (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10690284
Cataloging source
NjBwBT
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
DiCamillo, Kate
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.D5455
LC item number
Lp 2018
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Grandmothers
  • Grandparent and child
  • Moving, Household
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Louisiana's way home, Kate DiCamillo
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
227 pages
Isbn
9780763694630
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
bl2018168034
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Label
Louisiana's way home, Kate DiCamillo
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
227 pages
Isbn
9780763694630
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
bl2018168034
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia

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