Jan Eldredge was born and raised in the swampy state of Louisiana where as a child she would often sneak into her older brother’s room
to read through his numerous monster magazines and scary comic books, and where she would also gaze at his collection of classic movie
monster models like the Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Jan now lives in the swampy state of Florida with her wonderful husband, three pleasant children, and three devious cats,
in a house that just might be haunted. Sometimes people mistakenly address her as Jan Eldritch, which is perfectly fine
since eldritch is her favorite word. (Eldritch- adjective: eerie, ghostly, supernatural, unearthly.)
In addition to her interest in cats, magic, and assorted things that go bump in the night, Jan enjoys researching
bizarre superstitions, exploring old cemeteries, and visiting assorted theme parks. Halloween is her favorite holiday,
but that probably goes without saying.
Twelve-year-old haunt huntress apprentice Evangeline Clement spends her days and nights studying the ways of folk magic and
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.
- Age Range: 8 – 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 – 7
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray (May 1, 2018)
- Price: $16.99
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006268034X
- ISBN-13: 978-0062680341
Kirkus— “Take bits from the worlds of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Nancy Drew, and set the story in New Orleans, and you’ve got this compelling tale of Evangeline. A worthwhile read about a strong girl who embraces the power of knowledge but also heeds Gran’s advice to “trust your gut.”
Library Thing—“I fell in love with this middle grade book from the first page. What follows is a well-crafted mystery with unexpected twists and turns and page turning intensity.”
The Horn Book—“Eldredge’s fantasy world, based in Creole mythology, is vividly depicted and full of detail.”
Booklist—“First-time author Eldredge delivers a finely tuned tale that integrates humor and suspense, light mythology, and magic.”
Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books—“Readers will revel in the magic and culture of Louisiana.”
The Irish Times– “Eldredge writes with a lyrical flair that breathes spine-tingling life into the most fantastical of creatures.”