Louisiana’s Way Home
(Walker Books)- hardback
‘Louisiana’s Way Home’ opens with Granny awakening Louisiana in the early hours. It seems like this is ‘the day of reckoning’ when Louisiana and her grandmother must leave home immediately. They cross the state line to Georgia, leaving Archie the cat, Buddy the one-eyed dog. Furthermore they farewell Louisiana’s friends- Raymie Nightingale and Beverly Tapinski- Beverly, Right Here.
Although Louisiana is not immediately concerned, what lies ahead is an epic journey, uncertain arrival and unknown truths. It seems like Granny intends for the pair to never return. Furthermore, Granny has other plans. So, what will Louisiana learn? Her head is filled with whimsical half-truths, shadows of flying trapeze artists and possible performances. How can a girl with no sense of truth hope to survive? Who is out there beyond the little Georgia motel room into which Louisiana finds herself? Furthermore where can she get food, for food is a great leveller and a necessity for a girl with barrettes.
By former US National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature
Winner of the Newbery Medal, and Newbery Honor
National Book Award finalist