by Peggy Parish
Key to the Treasure by Peggy Parish was the first book that truly hooked me. As a kid, there was nothing more fascinating to me than the idea of finding a stash of hidden treasure. I was right there with Liza, Bill, and Jed every step of the way, experiencing their successes and setbacks. I absolutely had to know if they'd solve the mystery that had eluded their ancestors for generations.
by Beverly Cleary
Henry and the Paper Route by Beverly Cleary was one I borrowed from my big brother's bookshelf, and the first middle grade book I can remember reading all on my own. Though I was too young to realize it at the time, it was Beverly Cleary's whimsical, wonderful voice that made all the Henry Huggins books so easy to read and so enjoyable. The humor and the colorful characters are absolutely timeless.Buy Book
by E.B. White
Stuart Little by E.B. White was one of my early favorites. A mouse born into a human family? A mouse paddling a tiny canoe with an ice cream spoon? I was enchanted by the pure fantasy of it all. And Stuart himself was so inspiring, showing us that you too could pursue exciting adventures of your own, no matter how small you might be.Buy Book
by Mary Chase
The Wicked, Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House by Mary Chase was read to our class by our fourth-grade teacher, one chapter at a time, leaving us hanging until the next day. The creepiness of that deteriorating mansion, all the strange happenings, and those seven evil sisters not only had me on the edge of my school desk seat, but transformed me into the devoted fan of the spooky tale that I am today.
About Jan Eldredge
Jan Eldredge was born and raised in Louisiana and is the author of Evangeline of the Bayou. She now lives in Florida with her husband, their children, and a house full of cats. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading, going to theme parks, and exploring old cemeteries. She is particularly fascinated with monsters, magic, and all such eldritch things.
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by Jan Eldredge
A standout middle grade adventure 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. With her animal familiar sure to make itself known any day now, the only thing left to do is prove to the council she has heart. Then she will finally be declared a true haunt huntress, worthy of following in the footsteps of her long line of female ancestors. But when Evangeline and her grandmother are called to New Orleans to resolve an unusual case, she uncovers a secret that will shake her to the soles of her silver-tipped alligator-skin boots. Set in the evocative Louisiana bayou and the vibrant streets of New Orleans, Evangeline's is a tale of loyalty and determination, the powerful bonds of friendship and family, and the courage to trust your gut no matter how terrifying that might be.Buy Book