Kate DiCamillo is back! Her latest novel begins with twelve-year-old Louisiana and her granny heading north in the middle of the night, leaving Florida and her friends and a cat and Buddy the one-eyed dog behind without telling any of them good-bye. Louisiana’s Way Home (due out October 2) tackles the most complex of issues such as abandonment and loneliness with DiCamillo’s signature humor and tenderness. Read this when you are the mood for a modern-day fairy tale with a plucky heroine and great cast of supporting characters including a motel owner with hair perpetually in curlers, a church organ player who smells like unshared caramel candy and a small town boy with a pet crow named Clarence. It is Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White meets Anywhere But Here by Mona Simpson. A heartbreakingly irresistible read aloud that you will enjoy as much as your kids do. Best paired with bologna and orange cheese and mayonnaise on white bread with pineapple upside-down cake for dessert.