In Kate DiCamillo’s 2016 book entitled Raymie Nightingale, we were introduced to Louisiana Elephante. She’s a sweet girl, with a beautiful singing voice and trapeze artist parents! In 2018 we get the pleasure of an entire book revolving around her in Louisiana’s Way Home. It can be read as a standalone, but I really enjoyed reading it as a sequel. With grace and style all her own, Louisiana is faced with some terrible circumstances and some truths she’s not sure she is ready to face. Granny up and takes her to Georgia from Florida without warning, without her cat, and without even getting to say goodbye to her friends. Granny has no money and no apparent plan and Louisiana finds herself alone in a strange town wondering who she really is and what will become of her.
Recommended for kids in 4th-6th grade who like heartfelt reads.
Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison