Happy Saturday, all! Today I have a quick review of the upcoming release from Newbery author, Kate DiCamillo. It’s pretty darn special!

My Thoughts:

Because of Winn-Dixie is a favorite book of mine. It makes me nostalgic just to think of it. To read another book by Kate DiCamillo? Pure bliss. 

One day Louisiana’s grandmother wakes her in the middle of the night to tell her they have to move immediately. Not only are they moving, they will never return. This is too much for Louisiana, and she tries with all her might to find her way home again. She meets many eccentric and lovable characters along her travels, and through them, has many life lessons as well. 

Goodbyes are hard for everyone, but especially for children as they work their ways through the different emotions. I plan to share this book with some children who could benefit from Louisiana’s story (which is just about every child, really). 

Kate DiCamillo writes with her whole heart, and it’s no wonder she is worthy of multiple Newbery honors. 

Thank you to Candlewick Press for the complimentary ARC to review. All opinions are my own. 


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.

Have you read Louisiana’s Way Home or Because of Winn Dixie? Do you have a favorite Newbery winner? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR