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Evangeline of the Bayou — 9 Comments

  1. This will be a great book for students who enjoy an adventure. I like that it talks about “trusting your gut” and doing what you think is right. It is a good read about a strong girl. 4/5 stars.

  2. This was not one of my favorite books, but I did think it had an interesting premise. I had trouble connecting with the main character. I liked the illustrations throughout the book – they gave a nice break from the text.

  3. Evangeline of the Bayou, did not capture my reading style. I did not like this book at all. I do not like sci-fi fantasy books. As much as I tried to keep reading this book, it did not interest me one bit. I know every child has their own tastes but I would not purchase this book for my library. I do not recommend it for pleasure reading or a read aloud in the classroom.
    I would give this a 0 out of 5 stars.

  4. Evangeline of the Bayou was not one of my favorite camp books. I don’t know if there was too much going on with the plot, but something left me unsatisfied. I did love the cultural accuracy once again. I am excited to dive into exploring this book further at camp, so see different perspectives. 3 stars

  5. I enjoyed this book but it was not one of my favorites. I enjoyed the setting of the bayou, and how it relates back to Evangeline’s own identity. I thought the setting was also a perfect fit for a haunt hauntress what with gathering various plants and animal parts to aid in their work and battling creatures unknown to the rest of the world. Evangeline too was a good, strong female character. I liked how the plot was mystery (What is making Mrs. Midsommer so ill?) mixed with suspense (Will Evangeline be able to put up the protections before midnight? What will happen to Mrs. Midsommer?) I did find this book to be too predictable though. I felt the author called our attention back to the characters with ulterior motives too much for the reader to be caught blindsided like Evangeline and Julian were.

    I might recommend this book to readers who love fantasy but it wouldn’t be the first one I pull from the shelves.

    Overall rating: 3/5

  6. I was very impressed with this book. I especially loved the characters and the authenticity. It’s honestly hard for me to think of things that I didn’t like about this book. Apple’s character was very realistic and genuine for someone of her age with her self-consciousness, her worries and exaggerations, and search for self and belonging. It was not only Apple that I loved, but also Mooshum, Little Nezzie, and Junior with their loyalty and spark.

    I would recommend this book for use as a book club book in curriculum or programming. I think this book would be a valuable addition to programming, events, and learning themes around diversity and understanding one’s heritage. This book would also be a valuable to Native American literature collections, especially as a piece of fiction that still tactfully handles debunking myths and stereotypes about Native Americans. When using this book with a young audience, I think it would be especially crucial to have discussions around this book because there is so much to discuss!

    Overall rating: 5/5 stars

  7. Well, I was not looking forward to reading this book based on flipping through it and reading the back cover. Stories of the supernatural are not my thing (sorry all you Harry Potter lovers). It was a nice easy read that didn’t jump all over the place, so I think it would be easy for my students (struggling readers) to follow. It took me awhile to get into it, but there was no denying the story of Evangeline of the Bayou hooked me! She was the most likeable heroine and her adventures definitely peaked this reader who prefers realistic fiction’s interest. One thing that kept me interested was how each chapter was a mini-cliffhanger and made me want to keep reading to see what would happen next. The subject could be a little scary for some, and for that, I would probably not use it for a read aloud, but I would definitely recommend this book for pleasure reading. I would give it 4 stars.

  8. Well, Evangeline of the Bayou knocked my socks off! I saved this book to read after school got out because I thought it would be right up my alley. I adored this book – read it in a day. Probably too fast, should have given myself a little time to relax and enjoy the time I spent with Evangeline and her crew. I was engrossed by the world building and totally bought into Evangeline’s occupation of Haunt Huntress. The Louisiana Bayou setting was so intriguing, and I also loved reading about her adventures in the New Orleans Garden District. Although there was a ton of action, I never felt lost and loved how the writing flowed. Evangeline’s character came shining through and we as readers are treated to her sense of honor, good humor, and bravery. While not many, the illustrations were delightful and helpful in picturing our setting and characters. I would totally recommend this book for reading for pleasure. Fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson would probably enjoy it a lot. Due to the elements of the supernatural that are prevalent in this book, it might not make a good read aloud unless you are sure your audience is fine with that kind of thing. 5 stars.