Waiting on Wednesday (or at least till Kidlitcon 2014) for Bayou Magic, by Jewell Parker Rhodes

So my life was brightened considerably today by an email from Little, Brown, that said, in essence, "how many ARCs of Bayou Magic, by Jewell Parker Rhodes, should we send to Kidlitcon?"  And I was all !!!! because I did not know of this book, and I went and looked, and here it is, a lovely sounding middle grade magical story:

"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."  Coming May, 2015....

Of course upon reading this I was filled with Book Want (girl goes to country and magical legacy both, in general, make my eyes light up).   And so I wrote back to Little, Brown with a carefully thought out number that should be enough for other middle grade fans plus me....and since Jewell Parker Rhodes will be at Kidlitcon herself (!!!; I feel shy) I am going to get it signed.....

And if you come to Kidlitcon (registration closes Friday) you can get one too!  (And I know that not everyone can make it (rats), and I am thinking if there are things not pounced on, they may well come home with me to be given away, because that is nice too).

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine


  1. Sounds like a great book. I hope you get it when it comes out!
    Brittany @ Spare Time Book blog
    My WOW: http://sparetimebookblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/waiting-on-wednesday_24.html

  2. I don't read too much MG, but I hope you enjoy this one!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  3. I would so love to be at Kidlitcon, but Sacramento is just not in the cards. I look forward to your report!

  4. Oh, this one does sound lovely! I loved Ninth ward, too--you are so lucky to be meeting JPR at Kidlitcon! Please give her my regards.

  5. Hahaha, I always want to read Jewell Parker Rhodes, and then I always think to myself "Can I bear to read about this disaster I also lived through?" and discover that the answer is no. If only she would write about good things that happen in Louisiana!

  6. Want to read this! I can't make kidlitcon (not in the cards while my kids are little) but I can't wait until I can go!

  7. Want to read this! I can't make kidlitcon (not in the cards while my kids are little) but I can't wait until I can go!

  8. I hadn't heard of this one either but !!! indeed. Love her gorgeous PoC covers. I listened to Sugar this past year for the Audies, and though it wasn't my favorite I liked how she highlighted a much neglected part of American history. This one sounds more up my alley!


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