I am chuffed that Walker Books Australia has entrusted me with a cover reveal for the LATEST Kate Di Camillo book, ‘Louisiana’s Way Home’, due out in October 2018. Former US children’s laureate and two-time Newbery Medal , winner, Kate DiCamillo has been one of my favourite authors for many years, and I am not alone clearly, given she is an internationally bestselling author. Last year I had the good fortune of meeting Kate when she was in Australia, and she even attended one of my Year Six Book Club meetings. She was divine, humble, wise and warm and we all fell in love with her. In fact since I met her I’ve gone back and read all of her books again and they were just as wonderful second time around.
I’ve made the cover of this book larger than is at all advisable on a blog because LOOK HOW PRETTY IT IS?! The illustrator is Amy June Bates.
‘Louisiana’s Way Home’ will be particularity special, as it is a companion novel to ‘Raymie Nightingale’ which captured the hearts of every single parent/caregiver and child in my Year Six Book Club last year and was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Raymie is a truly stunning book and a deeply moving story of a summer of discovery and friendship. If you do not own it yet, please click here and here to read more and add it to your collection!
While fans often ask DiCamillo to write more about their favourite characters, she has never felt compelled to revisit the world of a previous novel — until now. DiCamillo will return to Raymie’s world to unravel the story of Louisiana Elefante, friend and beloved ranchero.
About ‘Louisiana’s Way Home’ author Kate DiCamillo says: “I was getting ready to start on a project, going through my notebooks and all the phrases and images that I had written down that I thought might turn into a story. This phrase, ‘I am going to write it all down so that you will know what happened to me,’ showed up again and again. And next to it, I had written ‘Louisiana?’ And it was Louisiana. It was her voice. While I had no intention of writing another novel about those rancheros, Louisiana’s voice was so strong and insistent, and her need to tell her story was so profound, that I gave in. And boy, am I ever glad that I did. I loved spending time with her again.
About the Author
Kate DiCamillo is one of America’s most well-regarded storytellers, author of The Tale of Despereaux and Flora and Ulysses, both of which have been awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, which received a Newbery Honor; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, which won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; and the bestselling Mercy Watson series. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis, USA, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.