Childhood and the bayou are both bound up in joys and sorrows. Jewell Parker Rhodes seems to intimate such wisdom with her beautiful, heartfelt prose. Maddy's summer visit, with all the adventures, lessons and magical moments it lends, is measured out lovingly yet sternly by her grandmother. There, in the bayou, she will take her place among a congregation of kind, strong women.— From Jill's 2016 Picks
A magical coming-of-age story from Coretta Scott King honor author Jewell Parker Rhodes, rich with Southern folklore, friendship, family, fireflies and mermaids, plus an environmental twist.
It's city-girl Maddy's first summer in the bayou, and she just falls in love with her new surroundings - the glimmering fireflies, the glorious landscape, and something else, deep within the water, that only she can see. Could it be a mermaid? As her grandmother shares wisdom about sayings and signs, Maddy realizes she may be the only 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? Jewell Parker Rhodes weaves a rich tale celebrating the magic within.
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Praise for Bayou Magic:
"Bayou Magic revels in friendship, and love while reflecting life in the Deep South. Looking to add diversity to your shelves? Look no farther than the characters that populate Bon Temps and experience the community in which they live."—Booklist
"Maddy is a brave and hopeful heroine, and the descriptions of the bayou are almost as magical as her legacy."—School Library Journal
"Readers will be easily drawn into Rhodes's (Sugar) heady descriptions, and as environmental disaster threatens the landscape Maddy has come to love, her heroism shines as she protects the community and recognizes her own strength."