Author: Kate DiCamillo
Genre: Middle Grade
Taken from Goodreads.
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 to never 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.)
This was a fun heartwarming children’s book, full of twists and turns for twelve year old Louisiana. Once her grandmother wakes her up in the middle of the night she is on an adventure that will change everything about her life as she knows it, and all her ideas on who she is.
Louisiana is a character from Raymie Nightingale, one of DiCamillo’s earlier books. I hadn’t read it when I started this story and it is completely fine as a stand alone book, but now I do want to go back and read it!
What made me love this story is Louisiana’s full-of-life personality. Her character is sassy, bold and always hungry for more, despite all that she is going through. She is pretty angry with her granny in most of the story and it brought me back to my bratty childhood memories.
Despite the funny and lightheartedness of the story it is overall a sad story of a girl that just wants a family and a place to belong. I found myself cheering for her through the book hoping that she will “make good choices” and “persevere” as I always tell my kids, and Lousiana does too! It was an adorable story, if you like DiCamillo’s other books you are sure to enjoy this one!
Thank you to NetGalley, Candlewick Press and the author, Kate DiCamillo for this ARC, my opinions are my own.
This book will be released October 2, 2018.
Have you read this story or are planning too? Happy reading!
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