Kate DiCamillo

We are so honored to welcome back beloved author Kate DiCamillo for the release of her new book, LOUISIANA'S WAY HOME. While fans often ask best-selling author Kate DiCamillo to write more about their favorite characters, she has never been compelled to revisit the world of a previous novel — until now. This October, DiCamillo will return to unravel the story of Raymie’s friend and beloved ranchero Louisiana Elefante. In its 2016 review of RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE, the New York Times noted that Louisiana “is one of DiCamillo’s most singular and arresting creations” and that she “delights on every page.” Fans of Louisiana can now look forward to reading LOUISIANA'S WAY HOME.

Did you know millions of children are growing up without books? Throughout October, An Unlikely Story will donate all café tips to First Book, a nonprofit organization we love that provides brand new, high quality books and essentials to kids who need them most. We will also donate one copy of Kate DiCamillo's new book, Louisiana's Way Home, for every book purchased on Kate's event on October 14th.  Join us this month to change the story for kids in need.

This event is sold out, but we will be opening our Overflow Event Space shortly. Keep an eye out for an upcoming email with the details!

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.

Kate DiCamillo is one of America’s most beloved storytellers. She is a former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a two-time winner of the Newbery Medal, for The Tale of Despereaux and Flora & Ulysses. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.

Event date: 
Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 1:00pm
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Louisiana's Way Home Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763694630
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Candlewick - October 2nd, 2018

Signed Copies

Can't make it to an event? We're always happy to set a signed copy aside for you or put one in the mail. Just add the book to your cart, and in the comments section, let us know that you want a signed copy, and tell us if you'd like the author to personalize the inscription (when available). If you would like it personalized, be sure to place your order at least 24 hours before the event. Personalized books must be paid for in advance.

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