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Welcome to the Bee’s Bookshelf! The official book club of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is a place to explore the connection between stories and spelling and to celebrate your favorite books with friends. Each month we’ll read and talk about a new book together, so make sure you sign up to receive our monthly emails so you’ll always know which book we’ll be diving into next.

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Louisiana's Way Home

This month, we're enjoying some great summer reading: Louisiana's Way Home.

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.


About the Author


KATE DICAMILLO is the author of many books for young readers. Her books have been awarded the Newbery Medal (Flora & Ulysses in 2014 and The Tale of Despereaux in 2004); the Newbery Honor (Because of Winn-Dixie, 2001), and the Boston Globe Horn Book Award (The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, 2006). She is a National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Emerita, appointed by the Library of Congress. A native of Florida, Kate now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.