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Evangeline of the Bayou

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  252 ratings  ·  62 reviews
A standout middle grade debut with a sassy, memorable heroine and a charming Southern feel, perfect for fans of Kate DiCamillo and Natalie Lloyd.

Twelve-year-old haunt huntress apprentice Evangeline Clement spends her days and nights studying the ways of folk magic, honing her monster-hunting skills while pursuing local bayou banshees and Johnny revenants.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Balzer + Bray
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Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james, hardcover
I'm all for the recent trend of middle grade supernatural horror featuring strong female leads. Last year had the excellent Small Spaces by Katherine Arden and City of Bones by Victoria Schwab. Evangeline of the Bayou ranks right there with them! I admit, I thought it might be a fun read and nothing more. But I was really surprised how great the story was and how much I enjoyed it. The Lousiana setting is vivid and vital to the story, the action is fast paced and featured a few twists that I did ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at Log Cabin Library

I really enjoyed the setting of the Louisiana bayou, the atmosphere of the swamps thick with cypress trees, and "foggy mist, croaking frogs, and bugs chirping." References to golden catfish, hush puppies, and especially the beignets from Cafe Du Monde. Definitely a sense of place and the magic of the South. The first part of the book centers on Evangeline's first assignment to banish a banshee. It introduces the concept of a haunt huntress, some of the typical sup
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute and charming as all get out. Jan Eldredge was born & raised in Louisiana so she gets points and despite the endless (endlessssss) "bayou" similes & metaphors that I'm not sure anyone uses (but maybe they do?? I am a city Louisianian), all the descriptions of the bayou, New Orleans, and the swamp creatures that abound rang really true. Kids into fantasy should totally read this. If they are local, they'll identify with Mardi Gras culture, family ties, local magic...and if they aen't ...more
I've been trying to think of something to say to review this book other than 'I liked it' for about a week now and you know what ...I liked it! It was cute and fun and everything you would want from a paranormal type book some great Southern flare. Evangeline was a great protagonist and I hope we get to see more of her in the future. [and that is my very short review lol]
If 10-year-old me had read this book she would have been beside herself. Even pre-Buffy I loved stories like this, where girls are tough and equipped to fight supernatural forces. I was so into horror and ghost stories, even when I was a kid, and there weren't that many stories out there that featured young girls as the adventurous hero type. (The Buffy movie came out when I was 12 and I saw it in the theater like 15 times. The show came out when I was 16 and I was, and still remain, a die-hard ...more
Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 5.7

Would you like to be in the business of chasing monsters and spirits? Evangeline is from a long line of haunt huntresses and fighting these demons is in her blood... or so she thinks. Whenever she tries to go off on her own things don't always go as planned and she seems to make things worse. Plus, every haunt huntress gets a familiar, some type of animal that is fiercely loyal, and Evangeline still has not found hers yet. She is beginning to do
Rachel Bergin
I can see this being fun, but I just couldn't get into it. I couldn't get past the amazing amount of Cajun cliches and stereotypes, mixed with Voodoo stuff. Hmmm. The two cultures don't really co-exist, do they? Okay, okay, yes, it's a supernatural fantasy, so why can't the author do whatever she wants with this setting. Maybe I had too high of expectations since I am from Louisiana and was really looking forward to a Louisiana themed middle grade fantasy book. It definitely has a cute, plucky y ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A girl struggles to claim her power, which she is not sure will ever come. I liked the mix of Evangeline's superstition and Julian's science, although it seemed a bit unfair that he turned out to be wrong for not not believing in werewolves. Some bits I could predict although there were also some surprises.
Karen Parisot
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Haunt Huntress battles all sort of ghosts and monsters using her wits, potions, the tools of the trade and a bit of magic. Evangeline Clement’s thirteenth birthday is fast approaching. That’s when a Haunt huntress or Swamp Witch finds her animal familiar and proves she has heart in order to awaken her magical powers. Evangeline is getting a bit worried though because time is running out and she has yet to acquire her familiar.
This middle grade novel has so much to offer a young reader. A
Pages & Cup
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars. A very delightful book.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-mid-grade
A dark but at times light hearted story about a girl training to be a haunt huntress: a woman who fights the things that go bump in night.

Each parish in Louisiana had a family of female haunt huntresses, and Evangeline’s mom was one of the best before she died in the field. Living with her huntress Gran in the bayou, Evangeline hopes to be a great huntress like the rest of the women in her family line.

When a dangerous new case sends Evangeline and her Gran to New Orleans, Evangeline must come
Pop Bop
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Not "Darker", More Like "Richer"

I wasn't sold on this book when I first started it. Evangeline lives with her Grandma, who is a "haunt huntress", (bayou swamp witch). Evangeline's Mom was a huntress who was killed in the line of duty. Evangeline is waiting to come into her powers, but she's late and she's afraid she may be a powerless "middling". Now, I've read this before, and not to be a wiseguy but I wanted something special to get me into another version of this familiar story. W
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the publisher for the free review copy. All opinions are my own.

Right off the bat, EVANGELINE OF THE BAYOU will capture your imagination. The book opens with Evangeline summonsed by a messenger bird to rid her neighbor’s house of several swamp creatures. Despite the spooky setting, Evangeline keeps a calm head and gets rid of the vermin. The early swamp scenes introduces Evangeline as a Haunt Huntress in training, making several humorous errors as she works alone while her
Shannon Anicas
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Evangeline of the Bayou By: Jan Eldredge @kidlitexchange #partner Review – all opinions are my own.
Evangeline is destined for greatness as a descendant of a long line of great haunt huntresses. However, her abilities don’t seem to want to kick in despite her approaching 13th birthday. If she reaches her birthday without these gifts, well that just can’t happen, Evangeline doesn’t want to think about the fact that Gran could be the last descendant of a long and glorious line of haunt hu
What an enjoyable little book this was! Evangeline is a swamp witch. Well, a swamp witch in training. She comes from a long line of Haunt Huntresses (that's the real title, the folks just call them swamp witches, and they mean no offense), she's almost 13, and her familiar NEEDS to find her before she turns 13 or she'll never be accepted by the council and given her official title. When Evangeline and her Gran get called to New Orleans for a special assignment, she hopes to finally get her chanc ...more
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun fact: I knew maybe 22 pages in that I'd give this four stars. I wasn't wrong.

Evangeline and the world of the Bayou are enchanting. I hesitate to compare it to a Riordan story, but in a way, its a story like that. Evangeline is waiting on her haunt huntress powers to show up. Her Gran has assured her it will happen soon and has been training Evangeline her whole life.

The story begins when Gran is assigned a task in New Orleans and then gets injured Evangeline steps in,
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Evangeline of the Bayou" is a really fun, supernatural middle grade novel. Evangeline is 12 years old and training to be a haunt huntress, a woman who can help hunt down supernatural creatures. With lush descriptions, adventure/action, and a courageous young heroine, this book is simply lovely. Evangeline and her grandmother are a force to be reckoned with, and in the setting of the bayou, this has a wonderful supernatural feel in a mystical setting.

Evangeline is perfect- such a fun
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evangeline is a haunt huntress in training. She's being taught how to rid the world of spirits, banshees, and pretty much any monster in existence. But when a job takes her and her Gran to New Orleans, they get more than they've bargained for.

In New Orleans, Evangeline meets a reclusive Julian and his mom and dad. His mom is plagued by something that no medical physician can diagnose, so the haunt huntresses are her only hope. Their worst fear appears in the form of a Rougarou, which
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Chris Tice
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A coming of age girl whose family is filled with powerful haunt huntresses sets out on a mission that will prove her worth and manifest her powers. Along the way she becomes privy to a terrible secret that threatens to take the power she has so desperately desired, and manifest an uncertain future of eternal torment for all of mankind.

Ms. Eldredge has taken a dark look into the bayou of her youth and produced an imaginary yet fun tale of a coming of age heroine. Slang terms are mingl
4.5 stars
When I saw this in the SCBWI's Crystal Kite nominations, I knew I had to read it. Especially after it ended up winning the Crystal Kite.
I enjoyed the beginning because of the setting. Magic-steeped Southern swamps are near and dear to me. But I wasn't sold on the mc, Evangeline. Was it her I-can-do-this-on-my-own attitude that lead to kerosene-soaked curtains and broken windows (technically that was on the bayou banshee, but still)? Not sure except I knew I wasn't relating to her
Justine Ridder
3.5 stars **This was a Goodreads Giveaway**

I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I was going to. Evangeline Clement is 12 years old and is hoping to hear from the council to learn that she is officially a haunt huntress (just like her mother and grandmother). To officially become one, an animal familiar would have to choose her, and she needs to show heart. Haunt huntresses search and defeat supernatural monsters and concoct different potions. Evangeline and her gran
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book genuinely surprised me. It was a random grab at a book sale that caught my attention for the obvious Cajun draw, but my expectations were set low just because I never know what to expect from any middle grade fiction. But the writing was fantastic and the plot so well told I didn’t want to put it down for the last half of the book- great suspense! There was a lot of superstition/magic/bad ju-ju type stuff, but good themes of loyalty, courage, and family.

“Fear is a steel trap. It binds
George Brewington
EVANGELINE OF THE BAYOU is an MG fantasy that stole my heart. I love a good monster hunting story (😉) and this is a great one featuring a strong female lead in gatorskin boots who wants to be a haunt huntress just like her Gran. Jan Eldridge is such a good writer, you feel the eerie creep of the bayou and the dangerous voodoo magic of New Orleans, at once enchanting and scary. Evangeline's skills are sometimes doubted and she even doubts herself, making this a great story about bravery and stand ...more
Joyce Sweeney
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I love the culture (cultures plural really) of Louisiana and Jan Eldredge has woven a wild tale of a bayou girl, a 'haunt huntress in training', who must venture into New Orleans on a mission she feels ill-equipped for. Pressing on her mind are the possible imminent death of her grandmother and mentor, a pack of werewolves, and the possibility that she isn't magical at all, and therefore the mission is doomed. I loved the world, I loved the characters and I really loved the ha ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very fun read with an extremely likable protagonist who walks the line between being believable cocky (for a 12-year-old) and unsure of her skills and her place in the world. There's a little bit of angst on Evangeline's part, but it fits the storyline and is believable, all things considered.

More adventure/thriller/scary than truly HORROR scary - way less scary than Lockwood and Co, for example, which is in more or less the same genre of kids-turned-monster/ghost-hunters - but very
Taylor Wingo Hough
4 Stars!

I loved this book so much, what a fun read! Evangeline is a sassy character and I adore her and the southern gothic setting she's surrounded by.
I also have a soft spot for anything witchy related so the themes in this story really interested me.
My reason for not giving this book 5 stars is because of the ending. I felt the ending meandered on and got kind of squirrelly. Though, overall I would definitely recommend this to any reader looking for an adventure story with
Lynn K.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderful, action packed coming of age story centered on a young swamp witch from the Louisiana Bayou. There's loads of Louisiana lore throughout and a helpful glossary of terms in the back of the book. The author builds an interesting and magical world using the local culture almost like another character. The twists were quite obvious, but I had such a blast reading this book that I don't feel like it detracted much.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never wanted a book to keep going and going and going, as I did with Evangeline of the Bayou. From chapter to chapter, I could not WAIT to read what would happen next. I was absolutely fascinated with the people and monsters Jan Eldridge introduces us to and am looking forward to the next Evangeline book! EVANGELINE IS MY HERO! (And Jan Eldridge is a fantastic writer who sucks you in and doesn't let go until the last word.)
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a solid 3.5 read for me, it was fun, "spooky", and takes place in New Orleans-basically all I need in a book. Evangeline is a great character to follow and root for while she hopes to come into her full powers as a haunt huntress, all while fighting all kinds of evil creatures. This book is definitely geared towards kids/middle grade, as it was pretty obvious who the bad guys/monsters were, but it still kept me reading until I could finish it-mostly for Evangeline. Definitely pick it up ...more
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