Jewell Parker Rhodes
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Madison (Maddy) Isabelle Lavalier Johnson is the youngest in a family of a mother and four sisters. They are all used to city life in New Orleans. All four of her sisters have gone to the bayou for the summer with their Grandmère, who they all think is a little bit kooky. They also don’t like bayou life at all, and they really just sit around all summer long.
Maddy is scared to go at first, but she ends up loving her bayou summer! She also finds out that she inherited the Lavalier family’s special magic trait, and she can do many things that her sisters, and other family members, can’t. She always has something to do, whether it’s swimming with mermaids, summoning fireflies, hanging out with her new friend Bear, or even just exploring the bayou for herself! This book was a great–and quick– read! For those that like adventure and magic, and family and friends, Bayou Magic is a great choice for you!
~ Olivia, age 12