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Bayou Magic

By Jewell Parker Rhodes (Hardcover Book, 2015)
If only Maddy sees the mermaid, can it be real?

It's Maddy's turn to have a bayou summer. At first she misses life back home in the city, but soon she grows to love everything about her new surroundings -- the glimmering fireflies, the glorious landscape, and something else, deep within the water, that only Maddy sees. Could it be a mermaid? As her grandmother shares wisdom about sayings and signs, Maddy realizes she may be only the sibling to carry on her family's magical legacy. And when a disastrous oil leak threatens the bayou, she knows she may also be the only one who can help. Does she have what it takes to be a hero?

A coming-of-age tale rich with folk magic, set in the wake of the Gulf oil spill, Bayou Magic celebrates hope, friendship, and family, and captures the wonder of life in the Deep South.
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $17.00 US/$19.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316224840

    • On Sale Date: 05/12/2015

    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    • Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Formats Available: Hardcover Book, Electronic Book

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If only Maddy sees the mermaid, can it be real?

It's Maddy's turn to have a bayou summer. At first she misses life back home in the city, but soon she grows to love everything about her new surroundings -- the glimmering fireflies, the glorious landscape, and something else, deep within the water, that only Maddy sees. Could it be a mermaid? As her grandmother shares wisdom about sayings and signs, Maddy realizes she may be only the sibling to carry on her family's magical legacy. And when a disastrous oil leak threatens the bayou, she knows she may also be the only one who can help. Does she have what it takes to be a hero?

A coming-of-age tale rich with folk magic, set in the wake of the Gulf oil spill, Bayou Magic celebrates hope, friendship, and family, and captures the wonder of life in the Deep South.

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of Ninth Ward, a Coretta Scott King honor book, and Sugar, winner of the Jane Adams Peace Association book award. She has also written many award-winning books for adults. Jewell lives with her family in Arizona.

  • Praise for Sugar:

  • Junior Library Guild selection

    Kirkus Best Books of the Year pick
    Children's Indie Next List selection
    Jane Addams Book Award finalist
    IRA Top Chapter Books selection
    CCBC Choices pick

  • "A magical story of hope."
    (Kirkus Reviews).

  • "Sugar is superby triumphant -- both heroine and story.  This glorious mainstay opens a underrepresented chapter in American history."  (Rita Wiliams-Garcia, Newbery Honor author of One Crazy Summer).

  • "Those who read Sugar will be inspired to search deep within themselves to find the true meaning of friendship and freedom." (Andrea Davis Pinkney, winner of the Corretta Scott King Award and author of The Red Pencil).

  • Praise for Ninth Ward:

  • Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book

    Notable Book for a Global Society
    CCBC Choices Pick
    VOYA Top Shelf Fiction Pick
    ALSC Notable Children's Book
    SLJ Best Book of the Year
    IndieBound Kids' Next List Pick
    Today Show Al Roker's Book Club For Kids pick
    Parents' Choice Gold Award Recipient
    NYPL Top 100 Title for Reading & Sharing

  • "Heartbreak and hope are reflected in Lanesha's story, which will capture even reluctant readers due to the inventive storytelling and the author's ability to bring history to life."
    (School Library Journal).

  • "An enjoyable, satisfying novel about the magical spirit of a young girl navigating her way through an American tragedy."  (Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Bud, Not Buddy).

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Bayou Magic
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Price: $17.00 US/$19.00 CAN
  • Pages: 256
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 7-5/8"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316224840
  • On Sale Date: 05/12/2015
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