Book review by Aarene Storms: Louisiana's Way Home

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

Louisiana Elefante has not had an easy life.

She never knew her parents, and has been raised by her Granny who is not the most honest nor the most predictable parental figure in literature.

Granny has a history of sudden leave-takings and midnight bugouts, and that's how this book begins: with Granny and Louisiana skipping town at 3am.

Louisiana's unique narrative style drives the story. She tells what she knows, what she sees, and what she feels. And even though she says (truthfully) that a great deal of the story is sad, I will say this: the ending made me smile.

Recommended for middle grade readers ages 8-12, especially those who first encountered Louisiana Elefante in the book about her friend Raymie Nightingale.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


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