Meet Characters Who Will Beg You To Keep Turning The Pages
#NetGalley #louisianaswayhome Available October 2, 2018
"I am going to write it all down, so that what happened to me will be known, so that if someone were to stand at their window at night and look up at the stars and think, My goodness, whatever happened to Louisiana Elefante? Where did she go? they will have an answer. They will know."
Immediately the reader learns that Louisiana's great-grandfather was a magician, and long ago he set into motion a terrible curse. If the above isn't enough to make pages fly,
"Granny woke me up. She said, 'The day of reckoning has arrived. The hour is close at hand. We must leave Immediately.' It was three a.m."
Separated from her friends and pets without even a good-bye, Louisiana realizes that Granny doesn't plan to ever return to their home. But soon what she has left behind seems small in comparison to what she experiences: Granny suffers from excruciating pain causing her to collapse in the back seat of the car, Louisiana deals with a surly motel owner, a nosy church organist, and a walrus-like minister. Not to mention a mysterious boy who walks around with a crow on his shoulder.
Even the story of Pinocchio winds its way beautifully through this touching story of resilience and strength.
What Concerned Me: While I totally loved the characters and easily would give the book five stars because of the writing, the story felt like it ended abruptly. It would have felt a bit more complete with another chapter or two.
That said, I feel like 4.5 Stars would be my true rating. But hey, why not round up!
What I Liked Most: Katie DiCamillo has well-developed characters with a believable language that is all their own. The book never slowed down from the first page, but managed to keep me wanting more. I highly recommend it. And for those who read my blog, I don't hand out 5 Star ratings that easily.
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Publisher: Candlewick Press (October 2, 2018)
Print Length: 240
Middle Grade: 10 +
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