ASU Professor’s New Book Offers Taste Of Bayou Culture

Picture 1ASU News – Award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes was born in Steel City U.S.A., but her head, heart and literary works can often be found the Deep South.

Her latest, “Bayou Magic” (Little, Brown and Company), is a middle school reader novel about Maddy, a young African-American girl in Louisiana who finds out that she has inherited her family’s magical legacy. And when an oil leak threatens to ruin the beautiful bayou, she knows she may be the only one who can help.

The author of a dozen books, Rhodes spoke exclusively to ASU News about “Bayou Magic” and her Southern roots. She also offered a sneak peak at her next novel, which was influenced by the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Her Web site is at

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