Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate Dicamillo

“We all, at some point, have to decide who we want to be in this world. It is a decision we make for ourselves. You are being forced to make this decision at an early age, but that does not mean that you cannot do it well and wisely. I believe you can. I have great faith in you. You decide. You decide who you are, Louisiana.”

This weekend’s self care practice included reading this uplifting middle grade book. My daughter read it recently and loved it. I decided to read it too, just to be able to discuss the book with her. Kate Dicamillo is definitely a talented writer and story teller. I read a few of her other books with my daughter a couple of years ago and instantly became her fan. In this book, she tells the story of Louisiana and the extraordinary circumstances she finds herself in. The story is sad, funny, uplifting and also depressing in parts. I believe it’s important for middle grade kids to read stories that give them a different perspective towards life and evoke empathy as well as gratitude in them. This is definitely one such book. It’s hard not to fall in love with Louisiana. I also enjoyed the references to Pinocchio, the Walrus and the Blue Fairy through out the book. And I thought that the references to the family curse made things more interesting.

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