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Maddy is dreading her upcoming summer stay in the Louisiana bayou with her grandmother, after hearing the stories her sisters have told about their visits. But when she meets her Grandmere, she finds they share a special, magical connection. Her summer includes a new friend, a community where she finds a warm welcome, and mermaids, but when disaster happens, she could lose everything. Maddy’s a delight, the bayou is full of wonder, and the story gives the reader many things to think—and dream—about.
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.
About the Author
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.