Evangeline of the Bayou is an urban fantasy middle grade novel written by Jan Eldredge and illustrated by Joseph Kueffler. You may have noticed that just last week I posted a Q&A with the author!
There is no doubt that twelve-year-old Evangeline will become an amazing haunt huntress – not with a lineage like hers. Not only was her mother a force to be reckoned with, but Evangeline lives with her grandmother – a daily opportunity to hone her skills.
And she’ll definitely get her animal familiar soon.
It will be better than some unruly cat named Fader.
Perhaps her time will be now – now that she and her grandmother have been called to New Orleans to investigate a strange case bursting with secrets to be unearthed.
Yeah. She’ll definitely be returning to her bayou a true haunt huntress…
This is a fun one.
There was one particular line that was so delightful that I made a special note to call out in my review: “…its spirit force plowing her down and nearly knocking her out of her priest-blessed, silver-tipped, alligator-skin boots.”
And then I realized that not only is there ALREADY a review on the back cover referencing this exact line, the inside cover synopsis ALSO referenced it. Ha!!
What a perfect example of how resonant and memorable those flavorfully worded sentences are in Evangeline of the Bayou! Peppered with vibrant phrases and narrated in a charming third-person voice, this novel is definitely – as I said – a fun one.
If you want to be taken off to Louisiana, swamp-drenched and enigmatic, with a fresh and smart young protagonist – check this one out!